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Not the greatest report this week, although there was some really good news along the way.

I gained 1.2 lbs this week, mostly due to the stupid physical problem the surgeon caused in 2008.  I’m not too worried about this, because I know what it is, and that it’s the one part of this process that I have no physical control over.  It does cause me to have bumps in the road of anywhere from one to five pounds, but those bumps usually get resolved fairly quickly, so they are not worth worrying about.  The thing I hate about these flare ups, though, is just that:  that I have no control over this one thing, and that it feels a lot like my body is betraying me when it does happen.

Be that as it may, there is another part to this week’s issue:  I had some kind of bug, so I did almost no walking at all:

  • 10/19:  2,344 steps
  • 10/20:  289 steps
  • 10/21:  717 steps
  • 10/22:  0 steps
  • 10/23:  9 steps
  • 10/24:  0 steps
  • 10/25:  5 steps

However, there is some very good news involved:  I can now walk up to six blocks without my cane — at my normal rate, if the neuropathy doesn’t kick in while walking; more slowly if it does kick in, because I have to be very careful to not walk out of a shoe I can’t feel, and how I place the affected foot on the ground.  Still, I was afraid I would end up cane-bound or worse, so this is significant progress for me.

Food wise, I found a great dessert:  Hungry Girl’s Red Hot Apple Pie in a Mug.  Since I couldn’t find any red hots (she uses them in her recipe), I made a significant variation, but the base is still hers.

Herewith, my variation:

In a microwave -safe mug, put one diced up apple (and dicing the apple is the hardest part of this recipe), either 2 tbsp of cooking Splenda or 2 tbsp of sugar-free syrup (my favorites for this purpose are the sugar-free DaVinci syrups – notably the spice and the caramel flavors).  Crumble one 4-part graham cracker over the apples and syrup.  Microwave for one  or two minutes.  Top with a bit of fat-free whipped cream, and enjoy.  For the one portion, it’s a Points Plus value of 4.

Today at the meeting, we sort of half tossed the standard agenda to discuss planning and readiness for emergencies.

You see, most of the members of our meeting live either in Brooklyn, or on Long Island, both of which are in the path of the upcoming Hurricane Sandy.  So, we discussed what to have on hand to keep from letting the anxiety (and the possible power outages and flooding ), from derailing us.

We also discussed doing something new for just 10 minutes a day, which is a great plan, and how sometimes it’s our own “I can’t” that holds us back from learning a new skill.

The third thing we discussed was the difference between looking at what we are doing as a diet, and looking at it as a plan or a lifestyle.  Diana noted that looking at it as a diet encourages people to think of it as something you do until you reach goal, whereupon you stop doing it, while looking at it as a plan or a lifestyle encourages you to keep going and acquiring the skills to keep the weight off once you have lost it.

The fourth thing we discussed was a handout with some Asian recipes:  So Low Mein, Fully-Loaded Egg Rolls, and Sweet & Sticky Sesame Chicken.  All three recipes are from Hungry Girl, so I didn’t take the handout, since I have all her cookbooks at home, and know how to find recipes on her website.

Today’s questions are:

  • Are you prepared for emergencies that might leave you without power, gas, or other resources?
  • What foods do you keep on hand for such situations?
  • What methods do you use to keep from getting derailed when you have a bad week?
  • Do you think of your weight loss method as a “diet” or a plan or lifestyle?  What do you perceive the differences to be?
  • What do you do when your regular method of exercise is unavailable, so that you don’t lose momentum? (Note:  This is what initially tripped me up when I went off-program in 2010.)
  • What could you do for just ten minute a day that would help you master some new skill?

So, that’s today’s news.  I hope that anyone in the path of the upcoming hurricane stays safe and on plan!


…and many of us either have kids, or live where we have a ton of trick-or-treaters coming to our doors, so we buy candies to give them.

Therefore, this was one of the things we discussed at meeting last week.  I do not know the actual author of the list that we received from our leader, the lovely Diane C., but I did promise I would post it here for those who want the information, so here it is.


Don’t be Tricked by Halloween treats!

Use this list and have a plan. (1, 2, 3)

  • Almond Joy, Snack Size, 2 PPV*
  • Baby Ruth, Fun Size, 2 PPV
  • Bit-O-Honey, 1 piece, 1 PPV
  • Bit-O-Honey, 6 pieces, 4 PPV
  • Butterfinger, Fun Size, 3 PPV
  • Candy Apple, 5 ounce, 5 PPV
  • Candy Corn, 20 pieces (41 grams), 4 PPV
  • Caramel Apple, 10 PPV
  • Charms Blow Pop, 1 pop, 2 PPV
  • Crunch, Fun Size, 2 PPV
  • Dots, Fun Size, 2 PPV
  • Gummi Bears, 14 pieces (38 grams), 3 PPV
  • Heath Bar, Snack Size, 7 PPV
  • Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar, Snack Size, 6 PPV
  • Hershey’s Miniatures (any flavor), 5 pieces, 6 PPV
  • Kit-Kat, Snack Size bar, 3 2-piece bars, 6 PPV
  • Lemonhead, Fun Size, 1 pouch ( 11 grams), 1 PPV
  • M&M’s Milk Chocolate, Fun Size, 1 package, 2 PPV
  • M&M’s Peanut, Fun Size, 1 package, 3 PPV
  • Mounds, Fun Size, 3 PPV
  • Nerds, 1 box (12.6 grams), 1 PPV
  • Oh Henry!, Mini, 2 PPV
  • PayDay, Fun Size, 3 PPV
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, 2 pieces, 6 PPV
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, Fun Size, 3 PPV
  • Reese’s Pieces, 1 bag (51 pieces/40 grams), 5 PPV
  • Skittles (Original Fruit), Fun Size, 2 PPV
  • Snickers, Fun Size, 2 PPV
  • Take 5, Fun Size, 6 PPV
  • Tootsie Roll Midgets, 6 pieces (40 grams), 4 PPV
  • Twix, Fun Size, 2 PPV
  • Twizzler Twists, Fun Size, 4 PPV
  • Whoppers, Fun Size, 4 PPV
  • York Peppermint Patty, Fun Size, 1 PPV

* PPV=Points Plus Value (for those on Weight Watchers)


In other news, I have been sticking to program, although I haven’t been getting much walking in due to the crappy weather.   There is good news though:  what walking I have gotten in has been without using the cane since last Friday, when I managed to walk six blocks without using a cane for the first time in years.  I cannot begin to describe the joy this brings, since I was afraid I would be stuck using the cane for the rest of my life.

I have also been looking through the new Hungry Girl cookbook, Hungry Girl to the Max, by Lisa Lillien.  Lots of recipes I want to try, as always.  In fact, I’m going to try one for dessert tonight:   Red Hot Apple Pie in a Cup (5 PPV) (p. 432).   

I have also been working my way through the food I made before my roommate went to visit an out-of-town friend.  I must say, it made it a lot easier — when plans got scuttled by weather — to be able to just reach into the fridge or freezer, and have something that I could have ready just by using the microwave.  I also found that the veggie mashup I made (cauliflower/broccoli/carrot) works excellently as a cold spread on bread with some lox.  Just like lox and veggie cream cheese.  I used 1 wedge of Laughing Cow Light, and then spread one or two teaspoons of the veggie mash over it.  Much less expensive than buying brand name veggie cream cheese, or veggie cream cheese from the local deli.

So, my questions for this week are:

On Halloween Candy:  What do you do with leftover Halloween candy?  Do you eat it yourself?  Bring it to the office?  Save it for snacks for your family?  How do you portion it out?  Do you stick to one serving if you have it yourself?  Do you consume multiple servings at one sitting?

On Walking:  Does weather stop you from walking?  If you do walk, do you need something to help you keep your balance?  If you do, do you notice that you need it less frequently as you progress toward your goals?  What plans do you have to not lose your walking benefits as winter rolls in?

On Cooking in Bulk:  Do you cook in bulk (“in bulk” defined here as cooking more than you need for one or two meals)?  If so, what foods do you like to cook in bulk to have food ready when you want to eat?  Are there foods you make in bulk that you discover other uses for?




1.  PPV=Points Plus Value (for those on Weight Watchers)

2.  They note that you can use the eTools calculator or the Points Plus calculator [and I add the Bar Code Scanner application] to calculate the Points Plus Value for any candy not included here.

3.  Please bear in mind that this list is not all-inclusive, and that if you have any questions about a particular candy not on the list, I would be happy to research it if you leave a message in the comments.

…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.

I haven’t forgotten to post today.  Today’s post will come later, as I am attending Lisa Lillien (Hungry Girl)’s book signing this evening for her new book, Hungry Girl to the Max: The Ultimate Guilt-Free Cookbook.

If anyone is in the NYC area, the book signing is tonight at 7:30 pm at the Barnes & Noble at 150 East 86th Street, New York, NY 10028.  Hope to see some of you there (if you are a Weight Watchers member, bring either your membership card or your folder for a special goodie). I will be in the orange, black, and white paisley sweater and the purple clogs.  If you are not in NYC, click here for her tour dates!

Will be back later, hopefully with tons of pics!

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