Food and Weight: An Ongoing Journey

Accountability, Changes, a Recipe or Two, and Then Some

Posted on: November 17, 2012


Okay.  Here’s the deal.  Thanks to Marc, my accountability reporting will be changing in eight days.  I now own the new ActiveLink device that Weight Watchers has teamed up with Phillips to develop.

ActiveLink Device and Its Two Case Choices in Its Box © 2012 Deborah J. Wunder

The device comes with two cases, that I can switch at will.  The one on the left in the photo is the clip case, for clipping onto a shirt, a pocket, or a waistband.  The one on the right is for putting the device on a chain or a cord, and wearing it like a necklace. I am told that you can even wear the device while swimming, or while in the shower!

The first week of wearing the device, it does an assessment of my normal activities, and provides a baseline.  After that, it provides challenges to get me to increase the number of Activity Points I earn. It also converts all my activities, not just my walking, into Activity Points.  Until I see how it shakes out, though, I am wearing my trusty pedometer.

For now, here is my current accountability, though:

  • Weight at Meeting:  243.2
  • Loss this Week:  2.8 lbs.
  • Loss to Date:  19.2 lbs.
  • Walking this Week
    • 11/9:     4,768 steps
    • 11/10:  3,481 steps
    • 11/11:  0 steps
    • 11/12:  0 steps
    • 11/13:  0 steps
    • 11/14:  0 steps
    • 11/15:  0 steps
  • Measurements:  I have started tracking my measurements on eTools, although I will not be making these public at this time.

So, I promised a recipe.  This is for stuffed, baked delicata squash.  It’s a great way to use up the leftovers from my 16-bean and beef chili.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup 16-bean and beef chili (or your favorite chili recipe)
  • 1/4 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 small delicata squash (if you use a medium squash, you double the amout of chili and of rice)
  • 2 tsp shredded cheddar cheese

Take a delicata squash and cut off the end with the stem, then slice the squash lengthwise. Remove the seeds and fibers.  Thoroughly mix the chili and rice in a bowl.  Spoon the rice and chili mixture into the cavities of each squash half.  Top with shredded cheddar.

Stuffed Delicata Squash Before Baking © 2012 Deborah J. Wunder

Place the stuffed squash on a baking sheet (I cover mine with foil), and bake at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes, or until the squash is tender, and the cheese is melted and golden brown.

Baked, Stuffed Delicata Squash © 2012 Deborah J. Wunder

Did you know that you can, technically, eat the skin of any squash?  I didn’t, but I found that out when I was reading up on delicatas.  For most squashes, however, the skin is fairly tough, so it’s not worth the effort.  For the delicata, however, the skin is thin enough and soft enough (especially after baking), that it can be consumed.  That little nugget of information means that, if you wish, you can eat the stuffed delicata as a finger food, much the way you would eat a stuffed potato skin.  I am not giving a Points Plus value for this recipe, because it will vary depending on what the Point Plus value of your chili is.  I think that I am going to also experiment with stuffing squashes with other food combinations over the winter, since this is a very filling, satifying dish.

Today, at meeting, we were discussing  the four parts of the Weight Watchers program:

  • The Plan
    • Shopping
    • Tracking
    • eTools
    • Power Foods
  • Meetings
  • Behavior Modification
  • Activity

Since we had concentrated on the Plan and Meetings last time, this time we looked at behavior modification and activity.  We discussed how we had reacted to the Hurricane and nor’easter, which was a real challenge for many of us.  Most of us found that we had made some progress, in that even if we did do some comfort eating,we were reaching for Power Foods rather than foods with less nutritional value.  I personally discovered that I got as much (if not more) comfort out of replicating my mother’s split pea soup as I did from eating it.   We also discussed the new ActiveLink, and what it will do, how it will change the way we track our activities, and how much more accurately it will reflect those activities (not to mention turning them into Activity Points).

Now for another recipe!  I wanted pie last night.  However, I didn’t have the ingredients for Maddy’s wonderful fruit pie.  So I improvised.  I took a box of Jello Fat-Free Sugar Free Pudding and Pie Filling, and while I baked one of the graham cracker pie crusts, I dumped the powder into a bowl.  While the crust cooled, I whisked in 1 3/4 cups of  Skim Plus with Omega-3, and poured the mixture into the cooled pie crust.  I let it sit in the fridge for 2 hours, cut the pie into eight sections, and then had some pistachio pie.  My roommate just cut herself a slice, and added some Fat-Free Reddi Wip.  Here’s a picture of her slice:

Sue’s Portion – Pistachio Pie © 2012 Deborah J. Wunder

It’s 4 Points Plus, without the Reddi-Wip, and is perfectly yummy.  I suspect that this can be done with any flavor of the fat-free, sugar free puddings and pie fillings out there, but you should run it through the recipe builder, so that your Points Plus value is accurate.

I know Thanksgiving is coming up next week, and for many of us it will be a challenge.  I have already called the cousin whose home we will be going to, and she has gone over her meal plan for the evening.  I asked if I could bring Maddy’s apple pie and, after I described it to my cousin, she not only requested that I bring it, but is planning to try it herself.

So, here are some questions to ponder until the next time:  How do you react to challenges in terms of stressful situations? Do you reach for foods that will sustain you, or for foods full of empty calories?  If you are in WW, do you track your foods?  Your activities?  Do you still think you are on a “diet” (something that you do until you lose the weight, at which point you stop doing it and end up regaining the weight), or are you learning to incorporate your new better choices into your “regular” life, so that you can maintain the good habits even after you reach your goal weight?  How are you planning ahead for Thanksgiving and the upcoming holiday season?  Are you willing to talk to the hosts of event you are going to so that you can plan ahead?  Are you just going to use the Simply Filling plan for that day?  How can you turn a holiday into a “win” for yourself?

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