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    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 2nd Apr 19, 4:07 PM
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    Weight Watchers Support
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    • 2nd Apr 19, 4:07 PM
    Weight Watchers Support 2nd Apr 19 at 4:07 PM
    We have a Slimming World Thread but not one designated for Weight Watchers

    Is anyone interested.........
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    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 10th Jun 19, 2:55 PM
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    Hello Archerub, welcome to the gang. Exercise isnt my strong point either.

    I think the best thing is to think in terms of "moving more", instead of slogging it out in the gym or pounding the tarmac running marathons.

    I think the trick is to find something you enjoy, that way you are moving more but It doesn't feel quite so much of a chore.

    I like dancing.....much more fun . and apparently very good exercise.
    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 11th Jun 19, 7:55 AM
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    Good morning.

    Fell off the wagon last evening with a bad bout of the munchies. Partly due to tiredness but I've also worked out it may have been due to having eaten too many carbs during the earlier part of the day.

    My system just doesn't seem to be able to handle them very well. A few hours after eating them I just crash and then get sugar cravings.

    Anyway put myself on the scales and fortunately no damage done, although I haven't tested my blood sugar levels.

    Back to the programme........
    • candygirl
    • By candygirl 12th Jun 19, 12:15 AM
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    Hi everyone Hope you're all ok x
    Sorry i've been MIA, but have had another anxiety/ panic flare upLots of the brown stuff going on here, but i've now lost 32lbs since 9th April
    Still decluttering, n can't wait to get away in Nov This bloody weather is sooo depressing
    "You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf"

    (Kabat-Zinn 2004)
    • hollowhead
    • By hollowhead 12th Jun 19, 5:17 AM
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    Hi everyone Hope you're all ok x
    Sorry i've been MIA, but have had another anxiety/ panic flare upLots of the brown stuff going on here, but i've now lost 32lbs since 9th April
    Still decluttering, n can't wait to get away in Nov This bloody weather is sooo depressing
    Originally posted by candygirl

    Hope You’re feeling better soon. Yes this weather doesn’t help at all ! Just makes you want to eat and hibernate
    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 12th Jun 19, 7:44 AM
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    Hi Candy.....was wondering where you are. Sorry to hear you are feeling unwell. Panic attacks are awful. You are doing very well to continue losing weight when feeling so below par. Well done you, give yourself a big pat on the back. And you're right the weather doesn't help.

    Yesterday I just couldn't get warm, despite wearing warm clothing and having the heating on. It really made my joints and muscles hurt. My body didn't like it at all.

    Must be the loss of body fat but it was a sharp reminder of just how cold this house is. I'd forgotten during the last few weeks and got a bit complacent but it has served to jolt me into action.....I must get the insulation done this summer and get the house winter ready......I've booked the plumber next week for a consult.

    Its still wet here but the wind has died down and it seems a bit warmer. With a bit of luck the weekend should be a bit more pleasant.

    Anyway I'm back on track (ish). No further loss yet this week but steady as she goes. Just have to keep on, keeping on.

    Need to go shopping today for a few bits mainly f&v.

    We can do this, in spite of the miserable weather. Just need to stay in the zone. Going to cook a hearty warming lamb casserole today,loads of vegetables to keep the points low.
    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 13th Jun 19, 6:59 AM
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    Anyone else struggling.......?. I'm afraid I am, all I want to do is stuff my face. Maybe it's the weather........I think it's not helping that I'm not sleeping very well.

    Well .....no one said it would be easy.

    I'm tracking but not managing to stay within my daily allowance, I have already used half of my weeklies and it's only been 2 days.

    Just go to keep plodding on. I have only got 1 stone to go.......so near and yet so far.
    • Dorothy60
    • By Dorothy60 13th Jun 19, 7:43 AM
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    Hello fellow WWers - GOD THIS IS SO HARD!!


    The numbers on my scales are going the wrong way lol - well, they have been but I have finally reversed the trend.


    Only 4lbs to my target, four little 16 ounces, how hard can it be? Bloody hard, that's how - sigh


    I'm fine(ish) during the week, work provides structure and I plan and make my meals the day before and put the little Tupperware boxes in a cool bag - very same old - tend to have the same each day but it is very nourishing and tasty if a tad boring. Weekends throw me, especially when the grandkids are here - not that I go mad by any means, but tend to graze.


    Yes LL, this weather is not conducive to healthy salad eating - I WANT HOT BUTTERED TOAST AND LOTS OF IT.


    But we've come this far and done amazingly well, even though I haven't been posting I've been thinking of you all and knowing that we are in this together is a massive motivator for me. So happy that I can fit into a few favourite garments that I honestly thought were destined for the chazzer, and I could stop now if I wanted, size 14s are comfortable, my double chin has gone, waist is defined, belly not quite flat but will it ever be? What I'm shocked about is my JayLo bum has diminished - oh how I hated my big bum in my youth, now I miss it! I think I must have flattened it after 45 years of a sedentary office job.


    So I must now monitor my face carefully, can't afford to start to look haggard - always had quite a plump face - no defined cheekbones for Dorothy - and must continue to eat some healthy fats as these apparently are crucial to our health.


    So lets keep on keeping on - summer will be here eventually and we WILL be ready for it with our lovely svelte bods
    • candygirl
    • By candygirl 13th Jun 19, 5:53 PM
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    This weather, is enough to drive anyone to drink or food
    I've hardly been eating cos of my anxiety, but have STS this week.It's the least of my worries though
    We can do it though girlies
    "You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf"

    (Kabat-Zinn 2004)
    • Dorothy60
    • By Dorothy60 14th Jun 19, 7:42 AM
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    So just had a read through the thread since the last time I posted and we really are going great guns - slow and steady for some of us, and certainly in my case the odd relapse, but only a pound or two and it certainly hasn't deterred us. Thanks for posting the menu plans LL - I am not imaginative so this really helps me.


    I am rubbish with this app - maybe a generation thing but I just CBA and I am sure I am not using my points properly. When we had our early few weeks of nice weather I was straight home from work and into the garden - working of course - and was out there most of the evening so the exercise really took a hit (you can guess which activity I love and which I tolerate for a better bod lol) and I too notice a difference in my silhouette.


    I have a rebounder - don't use it much tbh - what I DO use it for is high impact work as it is so much kinder on our joints. I walk at home with Leslie Sansome - she is on youtube - and I do interval training which involves walking slowly then boosted walk - then back to slow. 10 mins but it really gets your heart rate going. If nothing else I do that once a day. I use the rebounder for the boosted (high impact) bit and TBH if I didn't have it I probably wouldn't do that exercise. Have to hold both boobs though while I am jogging lol.


    Because I sit in an office all day I make a real concerted effort to walk a lot in my breaks and lunch time, and park quite a distance from work (even in the rain) and most days I manage 10 - 15K steps, more when the weather is nice.


    I just wish I could bring myself to do yoga and pilates, core strength and flexibility is so important.


    Candy, sorry you are feeling so rubbish - anxiety is so debilitating and those of us who are spared it are lucky indeed. You're doing so well though to lose and maintain when all this is going on. You WILL feel better, maybe not today or tomorrow, but you WILL and when you do your lovely slimmer, healthier bod will be there waiting for you to start enjoying life again
    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 14th Jun 19, 9:41 AM
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    Lovely post. Dorothy.....good to hear you sounding so upbeat.

    I've not had the best of weeks - not panic attacks as such but I do find it hard to switch off sometimes and I get attacks of what I call "brain whirr", where i have so much going through my mind that I cannot sleep.

    Candy. I did have a lot of panic attacks just after my husband died. I didn't know how I was going to live without him and the future looked so bleak. Thankfully I don't get them now or at least not as severe, but I can empathise with you, they can be very debilitating.

    As I say I've not slept well and I find that's when I get the really bad munchies.....my body craves food to make up for lack of sleep. Fortunately last night was better and I feel much brighter today.

    Popped on the scales and it looks like I've lost another 1lb......don't know quite how because I have really struggled to stay even remotely on track this week.

    My WW susbscription increased this month, now that the half price offer period has finished. I think I will cancel it and just do my own thing. I have bought a couple of recipe books and the Shop guide which lists a lot of the points so I think I should be able to manage without the app. I don't use it much either although I do like the connect function and all the before and after pictures.

    Anyway we have each other on this thread to offer support and encouragement so I will cancel my membership and save myself a bit of money.
    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 14th Jun 19, 9:57 AM
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    Today's menu


    B. Cheese and ham omelette. 2pts
    L. Mushroom stroganoff (my version ) 1 pt broccoli rice 0pts
    D. Pork steak 3pts, 2 pot croquettes 2pts vegetables

    Although I do buy recipe books I am very much an "instinctive" cook...meaning I just chuck stuff together and see what happens.....

    I do like to experiment and I keep a good selection of herbs, spices and alcohol to make my own sauces, marinades and rubs. I find most dishes can be improved by a slug of booze.....

    Economy tip.......rather than use red wine in cooking I keep a bottle of cheap port. A couple of tabs gives a lovely rich taste to sauces, gravies etc. Unlike wine port doesn't go off so a bottle will last a good while. You can use vermouths such as martini types - red or white too, same idea.

    1 tabs is 1pt.

    Recipe for mushroom stroganoff.

    Fry off onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, garlic, bit of black pepper until cooked. When done, allow to cool for around 1 minute, then stir in a couple of tabs of low fat creme frache (1pt). Reheat gently for a few seconds. Trick is not to have the mixture too hot so the cream doesn't curdle.

    Job done, only takes a few minutes and the cream makes it feel like quite a substantial and filling meal.

    I have found that the best way to help me stay on track is to keep food interesting and satisfying so I do tend to experiment quite a bit. If I get bored or if I don't really enjoy my meal then I tend to start craving something "nice". Lol. And that's when I get the munchies.........
    Last edited by lessonlearned; 14-06-2019 at 10:04 AM.
    • Dorothy60
    • By Dorothy60 14th Jun 19, 10:32 AM
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    OMG was going to ask you for mushroom stroganoff recipe, it sounds delish, and I always have half fat crème frache in cos I use it instead of yoghurt with my fruit. I absolutely love it and will deffo have that over the weekend.


    I don't blame you LL for cancelling the subscription - silly me was sucked into the 9 months one - DUH - so will continue but I really don't use the app and now that we have each other I don't need it. However, whilst I am paying for it I know that I will stick to us otherwise it is a waste of money lol
    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 15th Jun 19, 9:44 AM
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    Weather still grim, and no signs of Improving much next week so I am going to embark on a major declutter. I've already made a start, got a bag full of treasures for the auction house. I am just having a break with a cuppa, pacing myself.

    I'm sick of the mess and feeling overwhelmed with stuff. This time I will include the kitchen, gadgets, cooking paraphernalia I never use, old recipe books and even foodstuffs. What I am not going to eat I will donate to the food bank.

    Time for a major overhaul.....

    I also want to have a use up month, so will be tackling the freezer and food cupboards. I want to try and reduce my food bill this month. My food budget has been running away with me.....must do better..

    There might be some unusual concoctions......

    Today's menu.

    B. Bacon, scrambled egg, tomatoes, mushrooms. 2 Pts
    L. Beans on toast. 6pts
    D. Sausage Meatballs, courgetti. 4 Pts
    (still using up high point sausage I bought by mistake so will cook both sausages but freeze one portion for another day). Will just some mushrooms to pad it out.

    I've got plenty of fruit for healthy snacks.

    Sausage Meatballs.

    Remove meat from sausage skin and form into little balls. Fry with onion, garlic, tomatoe pur!e, tin of tomatoes, basil. Dead simple but quite substantial and very tasty. If you have the points sprinkle with a bit of Parmesan.

    Good eating.......
    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 16th Jun 19, 9:25 AM
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    I'm back as I want to get a few more pounds off so my wedding and engagement rings fit properly.

    I thought it would make more sense financially to lose weight rather than pay to have them resized.

    That is just my goal so whenever they fit I will probably stop doing WW again.

    I had a sandwich for breakfast as I woke up hungry.

    I'm making tomato and lentil soup for lunch and will probably eat the punnet of strawberries.

    I'm having a burger with a huge salad and SW chips later.

    Hope everyone is okay. The weather is pants, isn't it?! I don't like really hot weather but this is a joke. It's pouring down here. My cats want their pet blankets out, in June! I will go and tend to them now as they are all sitting there sulking.
    Push yourself, because no one else is going to do it for you.
    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 16th Jun 19, 9:27 AM
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    I meant to say as well even though I haven't been on WW I have managed to maintain my weight, somehow?

    L. Beans on toast. 6pts
    Originally posted by lessonlearned
    I really need to buy some baked beans.

    How many points are you on now at your weight?
    Push yourself, because no one else is going to do it for you.
    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 16th Jun 19, 11:50 AM
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    Hi Wednesday....My dailies are 23 and my weeklies are 28. I suppose they will go down fairly soon.

    Not a good week for me......no idea why so I will blame the weather...

    .I am off out later, being wined and dined so no chance of staying on plan and I dont have any points to play with. Hey ho, I'm not going to worry.....WI tomorrow. If I have gained then I've gained. I'll just draw a line and start again.

    Just have to remember the Tortoise and the Hare. Slow but steady and to bear in mind that it's a new way of eating for the rest of my life so I'm not going to fret over the occasional blip.
    • Dorothy60
    • By Dorothy60 16th Jun 19, 3:03 PM
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    Afternoon all. Just having a break from my beloved garden A’s guess what? Yep. It’s raining. Could murder some chocolate but there’s none in the house so I can’t have any and that’s that. Sigh. Still losing very slowly and I need to invest in some new clothes but I HATE trying things on. I never do, actually. So it’s online or buy and return.

    LL decluttering - go you!, You really have to be in the mood for it and I soon lose interest, but am always really happy when I’ve done it.

    Can I ask for your banana pancake recipe please? Seen a couple online and don’t know which to try. Thought I could do them at weekends when I have more time, introduce the grandkids to them as well.

    Keep on keeping on, Lovelies. We can do this.........God I’m starving lol
    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 16th Jun 19, 8:12 PM
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    Keep on keeping on, Lovelies. We can do this.........God I’m starving lol
    Originally posted by Dorothy60
    I used to make a big batch of low point soup in the fridge (back when I used to do WW, ages ago!) and I used to have a bowl when I felt peckish.

    I think I am going to go and buy some salad tomorrow so I can do the same thing but with a salad. It has to be with Crespo olives though. I love them.
    Push yourself, because no one else is going to do it for you.
    • Drawingaline
    • By Drawingaline 17th Jun 19, 6:25 AM
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    I have had a shocking few days. I have spent the weekend really thinking about my eating habits and how to change them. I really struggle at the weekend so have changed my official weigh day to Monday morning to try to keep me more focused. I am going to have to keep busy once I come in from work school run to stop the hand dipping into the biscuit jar. Anyway I am giving myself until September and if its not going well I think I will have to admit I need to pay more and go back to a meeting.
    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 17th Jun 19, 9:07 AM
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    Drawingaline. Sending you a reassuring hug. Try not to worry too much, Just try to relax and enjoy your food. I would say eat for health, vitality and wellness. And of course pleasure. Food should be enjoyed not feared.

    What follows is a bit of an essay .... but You might find it interesting because i think my musings highlight some of the issues that we serial dieters often have to face.

    I think as a society we have a strange relationship with food, especially here in the U.K. and also in the US.

    It's odd that this should come up today because as you know we had a family gathering for Father's Day and we had a discussion about this.

    When we began the meal I wished everyone "Bon Appetite". Then I asked the Venezuelan lot how you say it in Spanish. They asked us what it was in English. My son and I had to admit there isn't an English phrase ......although there are several for drinking. We had to ruefully admit that this probably spoke volumes about the British way of viewing food. Just about every culture has a phrase which roughly translates as "Good Eating" but not us.

    Another example which really shook me........

    As you know I like cruising but I have noticed that .the amount of food some people eat on board is obscene. On one of the shore trips the tour guide asked what the food on the ship was like.

    You would never believe the answer he got.

    ..."There is too much of it". :

    What kind of an answer is that. ......you could see the Spanish tour guide was confused ........ the expression on his face was one of utter bewilderment. Loco Inglese indeed.

    Now I'm not saying that all of us on here have unhealthy attitudes to food, but I do think that many of us might sometimes eat for the wrong reasons......boredom, frustration, sadness, to fill an emotional void or whatever.

    In my case, like many of us of my age, when I was a child wasting food was a sin.......woe betide you if you didn't clean your plate. Food was also a form of discipline. I was praised if I ate my meal and punished if I didn't. Food was also a reward. You got "treats" if you were good.

    No wonder I became an emotional eater.

    I think a lot of both Brits and Americans have issues with food, overindulging but at the same time treating food with contempt. We might watch celebrity chefs and marvel at their creations but on the whole we don't seem to value the role of good home cooking.

    How often do we hear people say something along the lines of....

    "I had a bad day so I binge watched TV with pizza, wine, chocolate, biscuits and a whole bag of Doritos.......I deserved it after the day I had"

    really?? Is that all our bodies and minds are worth.....junk Tv and junk food. Surely we are worth more than that. No wonder we feel bad when we do it......we are treating ourselves with contempt and a complete lack of respect.

    Hope none of you think I'm being patronising or preachy. I have been just as guilty as anyone in the past but thankfully not any more. I am hoping that this time I have finally seen the light.

    I know this might sound vain but I now treat myself with love and kindness. I "show up" each day. I dress up, smell nice, wear make up, style my hair. I do things which give me pleasure, I buy myself flowers and I cook delicious food, even though I live alone and eat most of my meals alone.

    Why do I go to all this trouble when I'm a 67 year old widow who is unlikely to meet a new man or have a physical relationship again......why don't I just throw in the towel, slob around in any old outfit and stuff my face with cake.

    At the risk of sounding conceited and vain I do it because I now have far more self respect and because yes

    "I AM WORTH IT".

    After years of yo yo dieting and steadily gaining more and more weight, of feeling miserable when I look in the mirror and of wanting to stay home rather than go out and have fun because I hated the way I looked I think I have finally "got it".

    I do think that our weight loss journey begins in our heads and that often the timing has to be right.

    Drawingaline .....maybe you are struggling because the timing isn't quite right for you yet. Or maybe you need to "clear the decks" and tackle any outstanding issues in your life first.

    I had to do just that. I had to deal with "widowhood" first before I could concentrate on myself. It's been almost 5 years since my husband died and it has taken me this long to get my head in the right place.

    Now I see my weight loss journey as part of my life plan and my quest for a healthy, happy and fulfilling retirement.

    I'll get there.....yes I might have the odd blip but I am finally in control so I am very confident that I can do this.

    We all can.
    Last edited by lessonlearned; 17-06-2019 at 9:19 AM.
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