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We ate at a local diner, and we both had salmon.  It was supposed to be poached, but the cook had no clue how to poach fish.  He grilled it, and hers was hard as a rock.  Mine was a bit better, but it still wasn’t poached. We had mashed potatoes with it, and spinach, and those were average.

However, as I noted to her, the meal wasn’t the actual point; seeing my sister was. And we had a good day – no arguments. And, even if the food was a bit disappointing, it was pretty good.


On Sunday, after the housefilk and concom meeting, I went to dinner with three friends, H, J, L, and M. We ended up at a restaurant called Red Bowl in Flushing. We had mustard greens with oyster sauce, pea shoots with garlic, congee with chicken and pumpkin, peanut soup, chicken curry over rice,  salt & pepper shrimp in the shell, and pork chow fun. It was all delicious, and I had a bit of everything, although I primarily stick to the greens and the shrimp.


Also, at the housefilk, while I did grab a handful of chips and salsa, I stuck mostly to the veggies, the cheese, some pistachios, and a piece of gefilte fish.

So, it’s been several events, and I think I did okay on them.

I note that yesterday, needing clean jeans, I dug in my drawer and came up with a pair of stretchy size 22s, with a sailor-type button front. They fit, although they will fit better when I lose more, and – although having to undo and redo eight buttons every time I need the ladies’ room is annoying – it’s nice that I have a summer-weight pair of jeans.  I will need to get the legs tapered at some point though — they are the kind of wide-legged jeans that I don’t particularly like.

Anyway, I need to get back to editing, so that’s about it for today.


In view of this week’s rapidly expanding horrific events in Boston, I am taking today off from this blog.

Like most of us, I am glued to the coverage, and full of questions that may never be answered.

I wish all of my readers who live in the affected area a quick return to relative normalcy and something of the safety that we, as Americans, tend to take for granted.

I hope they catch the second young man alive, and that he is able to shed light on the whys of the situation, although I fear that won’t happen.

I hope that people can look at this somewhat dispassionately until all the facts that can be gathered are gathered, although with all the rumors and speculation being flung over the media and the Internet, I suspect it’s a vain hope.

But mostly, I hope that we finally learn how to  not hate and envy each other, and how not to belittle each other, so that the fanaticisms of the world can finally recede into the mists.  And, lest you think me naive, I know the likelihood of that happening…but I still hope for it.

What no one seems to be able to answer for me is when did political correctness, and lip service to diversity, become a substitute for actually respecting each other as human beings?


Not sure why, or what’s going on yet, but I trust the process enough that I know I will get back to wanting to be on program.

Today was kind of a weird day.  Got up and actually got some work done, then took off to the local Medicaid Office to drop off some papers, which killed about three hours.  After that, I was hungry, so on my way home I stopped in at my local Dominican restaurant, which had recently changed its name and hours.  Found that the owners are still the same people, which made me very happy.

While I was eating lunch, messages started coming in about the bombing at the Boston Marathon, which horrified me.  Of course, not much else has been on the news since, even though at this point it’s pretty much all repetition of what we already know. I’m expecting the news will be like this for at least a few days.  Don’t get me wrong — my heart goes out to those injured and to the families of those killed. I just hate the endless repetition of the same footage, and the same speculations. I don’t see any purpose to it. Those of us with brains know how horrible this was, especially those of us with brains who lived through the WTC destruction.  All I see this doing is creating a huge panic situation, and maybe more hatred and bigotry until the culprit(s) are found.

Anyway, I still have some work to do, because after all the news I decided that I needed a nap, and I slept through much of the evening.

So I will see everyone Wednesday.

And that about sums it up. I lost one more pound, so my new weight is 235.6 for a total gone of 26.8 lbs. And I hit my 10% of body weight lost today, too.

At meeting we looked at pics of our fridges, and discussed what we could do to make them more plan-friendly. Here are the pics of my fridge, which is pretty plan-friendly, although there is always room for improvement:

As you can see, most of the things in my fridge are already portioned. And what isn’t portioned is either about to be or belongs to my roommate.

We also discussed the event in Baldwin, Long Island that my leader coordinated on Saturday, 12 January. She created a presentation with eight speakers, each of whom had lost over 100 lbs. It was truly inspirational, with the last speaker having lost 305 lbs! All the speakers credited tracking, portion control, and meetings as the main factors contributing to their success.

In fact, reflecting on it, the one thing that Weight Watchers has not really changed since their beginning is tracking. It is my experience that, over the years, this is the only aspect of Weight Watchers that research has not caused substantial changes to. Whether one was tracking Exchanges, as in the program’s early days, Points, or Points Plus, as we do today, the idea is the same: “If you bite it, you write it,” (to quote Lisa Lillien [Hungry Girl]).  It is also my experience that the more accurate my tracking is, the better my success is.

So, my commitment for the upcoming week is to keep improving my tracking, and also to keep getting more Power Foods into my daily plans.

Have you tried tracking your food each day? Weighing and measuring it? What were your results if you did? How did they compare to times when you weren’t tracking your food?

It’s a friend’s birthday party tonight, and I wasn’t sure I was going until about twenty minutes ago.

So, how to prepare, given that I know she has mostly junk foods at these things?  First, I’ve been drinking tea all afternoon, so I probably won’t want much soda (and she does usually have diet soda).  Second, I just ate a good, hearty dinner:  my Mediterranean chicken, with quinoa and some bok choy as side dishes.  Third, it’s my plan to have as little food as I can get away with at the party — if she has a birthday cake, I will only have a little bit (and I will track it), and give the rest to the friend who is driving me there.  I may have one or two chocolates (which I will also track).  I will avoid the chips and dips, since I know those are my downfall at parties.

So, that is my plan.  (If I get home early enough, I will update this post with a report on how I did.)

How do you prepare to stay on plan at parties without feeling deprived?  What is your favorite pre-party meal?

3-Jan-13, 12:08 am:  Update:  I did pretty good.  Had a couple of cracker with olive tapenade, 1 piece of chocolate, some Chinese vegetables, and some diet soda.  Hopefully, it won’t blow my weigh-in on Friday.

Like many others on the East Coast, we are in the throes of Hurricane Sandy.  At least the highway is a berm between my place and the water, but it’s still being pretty bad up here in NYC.  The big story here in the five boroughs right now is that, over in Manhattan, there is a 90-story building being constructed, over on 57th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues.  Unfortunately, there is a crane at the top of the building.  The crane has partially collapsed, and the “arm” is hanging straight down.  Police have blocked off the area, and are evacuating the nearby buildings, because there is no way they can secure the crane, and they are afraid it will actually fall.  Con Edison is also talking about shutting down power in some sections of Manhattan and Brooklyn if the tides overtop the seawalls, which would pose greater dangers (like downed power lines electrifying flood waters in some areas) if the electricity is left on.

Since I can’t go out in this, I did some cooking.  A friend from Weight Watchers, Maddy, had given me a recipe to try for a fruit pie:

“Peel & dice two good size apples.  Add frozen or fresh strawberries and blueberries and any other fruits you choose.  You can use canned and drained fruit diced as well.  Mix with a capful of vanilla , cinnamon and sugar free sweetener to taste.  Add sugar free maple syrup – not too much.   Put the mixture in a frozen pie crust that you bake @ 350 degrees  until crust is done.  Refrigerate for the next days dinner.  The fruit mixture forms sort of a jell in the fridge so it will not fall apart.    The only points are for the crust since the fruit has no point value. It runs 2-3 points per slice.”

I used two apples, a can of pears in juice rather than syrup (drained & rinsed), 2 Tbsp of Splenda , 1 Tbsp sugar-free vanilla syrup instead of vanilla extract, and 2 Tbsp sugar-free caramel syrup instead of maple syrup.  Sprinkled with 1 Tbsp cinnamon & 1 Tbsp nutmeg, and baked it for 20 minutes at 350 degrees, and refrigerated it overnight.  Ran it through eTools recipe builder and got a Points Plus value of 2 for 1/8 of the pie.

And I managed to make a reasonable version of my mother’s split pea soup today:

I took a 1.14 lb. package of cubed chuck steak, a 1 lb. bag of La Cena Green Split Peas, 1 medium potato (cut into chunks), 10 cups of water, 12 baby carrots, and a medium onion (roughly diced), and tossed them all into my soup pot. I then added 2 Tbsp of Goya Recaito, 2 Tbsp of minced garlic, 2 tsp of salt, and 1 tsp of black pepper.  Brought the whole thing to a boil, then simmered for 1 3/4 hours.  This made 15 cups of soup, with a Points Plus value of 5 per cup.  Froze six cups, fridged six cups, the roomie had one cup, and I had two cups.  Great comfort food for a rotten day, and kept me just busy enough that I wasn’t worrying.

Also got some knitting done, but that will be for the knitting blog tomorrow.

No questions today, just a wish for everyone to be safe and well, most especially those in the path of the hurricane.



…and let me tell you, carrying the book around should be considered part of an aerobic workout!  Lisa noted that the book weighed 3 1/2 lbs.  Lisa answered questions, raffled prizes (with help from Charlie the Tuna), signed books, and took pictures.

The goodie bags were nice — pink plastic Hungry Girl bags, filled with the following:

  • a 5.6 oz bag of Hershey’s Simple Pleasures Smooth & Creamy candies
  • a sample of Simply Snackin Dried Beef Sirloin with cranberries and blueberries
  • a Vitalicious Mini VitaCake in Fudgy Chocolate
  • a Weight Watchers Chocolate Pretzel Blast mini snack bar (I’ve had these, and they are delisious)
  • a 1 oz. pouch of Funky Monkey Freeze-dried Fruit in Jivealime (Pineapple with lime – I found them to be too sweet after the first few pieces
  • a 2.6 oz pouch of Starkist Tuna Creations Sweet & Spicy Tuna
  • a mini cookbook from House Foods for their Tofu Shirataki Noodles
  • a .8 oz bag of popchips (I got sea salt & vinegar potato chips)
  • a package of 6 Flatout Foldit Flatbreads
  • an 18 oz. plastic bottle of Bai5 Antioxidant Infusion (mine was Panama Peach), which claims to have natural caffeine, and to be Kosher, Vegan, Gluten & Soy free.  That needs to be chilled before drinking, so it’s in the fridge, waiting to be tested.

The extra goodie for being a Weight Watchers member was a note pad

Raffle prizes included tee shirts, a basket from Weight Watchers filled with goodies, a years’ supply of Vitalicious products, a Hungry Girl thermos, and a case of Bai5.

I promised  pics, so here goes:

The evening was fun, I got to do some walking, meet some nice folks while on line, and I got home at a reasonable hour What more can you ask?

If you get a chance to meet Lisa, you should definitely go.

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