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Every Saturday I share my Weight Watchers Weekly Meal Plan here on Simple Nourished Living. It includes what I’m planning to have for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well a few snack and dessert ideas. To keep things simple I tend to rotate between the same one or two breakfasts and lunches the days I eat...

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Every Saturday I share my Weight Watchers Weekly Meal Plan here on Simple Nourished Living. It includes what I’m planning to have for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well a few snack and dessert ideas.

To keep things simple I tend to rotate between the same one or two breakfasts and lunches the days I eat at home. And because we are a family of two most recipes I make result in leftovers that we are happy to eat again.  So, I usually only cook from scratch three or four times a week. We like to eat out a couple of times, usually during the weekend.

If I end up with more food than we can eat, I portion it out, package it up and pop it in the freezer for future quick and easy lunches and dinners.

Taking the time to think about what I’m cooking and eating ahead of time makes meal times all week so much easier. With the shopping done and recipes at the ready I can just walk into the kitchen and get cooking. I don’t stick to it one hundred percent, but it helps to have a rough guide.

I hope these posts make it easier for you to stay on track with your weight loss and/or healthy eating goals too.

And remember, there’s a Weight Watchers Weekly Meal Planner Section on the blog so you can get inspiration from all of the previous weekly meal plans too. Enjoy!

Here’s what’s on my menu this week…

Weight Watchers Meal Planner Ideas (Week #20)

Breakfast

This week I’m going to begin the day with a large mug of decaf coffee (0PP) and:

1.  Cottage Cheese (3PP) with Fruit (0PP) – It’s the first week of March and time for my monthly weigh-in so I’ll be trying to lighten up a little this week. Plus I love cottage cheese and fruit and have been craving it recently.

2. English Muffin (3PP) with Almond Butter (3PP) and 1/2 Banana (0PP)

Lunch

I like to keep lunch quick and easy. Limiting my choices makes weight loss/maintenance easier. (Here’s research that supports this idea.) I eat lunch out a few days a week. On the days I’m home I plan to have:

1. Apple Cheddar Cranberry Salad -(7PP) with its winning combination of crunchy, crispy, savory, sweet, and chewy flavors and textures, this salad is a delight.

2. Leftovers from Dinner

Dinner

Because we are a family of two most recipes result in leftovers, so, I only cook from scratch three or four times a week. (We eat out once or twice.)

1. Easy Slow Cooker Italian Wedding Soup (6PP) – hearty, but not heavy. And full of flavorful. Perfect for a cold weather supper during weigh-in week. Enjoy with warm crusty sourdough bread (2PP).

2. Crock Pot Pepper Steak (6PP) – tasty bite-size pieces of round steak slow cooked with onion, bell pepper, mushrooms and diced tomatoes. Enjoy a Simple Green Salad (0PP) tossed with Olive Oil (1PP) and Balsamic Vinegar (0PP) alongside.

3. Weight Watchers Pasta with Chicken Sausage + Kale (8PP)  – a simple and delicious recipe I found on the WeightWatchers site a couple years ago that I’ve been making ever since. Enjoy a Simple Green Salad (0PP) tossed with Olive Oil (1PP) and Balsamic Vinegar (0PP) alongside.

4. Slow Cooker Cuban Citrus Chicken (6PP) -fresh orange and lime juice combine with garlic, onion, and bay leaf, for an easy fresh and flavorful main dish. . Enjoy with black beans (2) and Mashed Sweet Potatoes (2PP)

5. Leftover Buffet (AKA: Clean out the Fridge Night)

Snacks

1. Fruit (0PP) Laughing Cow Cheese (1PP) and Triscuits (3PP)

2. Carrots (0PP) and Hummus (1PP)

Dessert

Chocolate Topped Peanut Butter Oat Cookie Bars (2PP) – a yummy old recipe from the 1963 Betty Crocker Cooky Book that I lightened up.

If you make one of our recipes, we would love for you to a picture and share it on Instagram. Use the hashtag #simplenourishedliving. We want to see what you are making and would love for you to follow us on Instagram.

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Have a wonderful week!

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I love mashed potatoes. They are one of my favorite comfort foods. I grew up eating my mom’s over-the-top mashed potatoes, which always included at least a stick of margarine and were whipped until creamy with a hand held electric beater. Delicious but not exactly low calorie. I tried “cauliflower” mashed potatoes years ago, but...

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I love mashed potatoes. They are one of my favorite comfort foods. I grew up eating my mom’s over-the-top mashed potatoes, which always included at least a stick of margarine and were whipped until creamy with a hand held electric beater. Delicious but not exactly low calorie.

I tried “cauliflower” mashed potatoes years ago, but wasn’t a fan. So, instead of giving up mashed potatoes, I learned to lighten them up.

weight watchers creamy low calorie mashed potatoes

This is my go to recipe for creamy low calorie mashed potatoes, which can be modified tons of ways. You can use reduced fat milk, buttermilk or part milk and part nonfat Greek yogurt (my favorite), whatever you prefer. Enjoy them plain, or add herbs or horseradish.

Each serving has 153 calories and *4 Points Plus. Enjoy!

Weight Watchers Creamy Low Calorie Mashed Potatoes
 
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Creamy low calorie mashed potatoes, one of my favorite comfort foods made lighter and healthier, but just as delicious.
Author:
Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds baking potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup reduced fat (2%) milk (or buttermilk or half milk and half nonfat Greek yogurt)
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Place the potatoes in a large saucepan. Add enough cold water to cover the potatoes by at least 1 inch. Add salt. Turn the heat to high and bring the water to a boil. Reduce the heat to low to maintain a simmer, and cover. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes, or until you can easily poke through them with a fork.
  2. When the potatoes are done, drain them and return to the pan. Mash the potatoes with a potato masher. Then use a strong wooden spoon to beat in the milk and oil. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Cook's Notes
Nutritional Estimates Per Serving (2/3 cup): 153 calories, 4 g fat, 27 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 3 g prtien and *4 Points Plus


Variations:


Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes: Substitute buttermilk for the milk.


Horseradish Mashed Potatoes: Add 2 tablespoons drained prepared white horseradish into the potatoes with the milk.


Herb Mashed Potatoes: Stir in 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley and 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives.

Source: adapted from Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook, Fifth Edition: Over 500 Delicious Recipes for the Healthy Cook’s Kitchen

*PointsPlus® for creamy low calorie mashed potatoes calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

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Looking for other delicious Weight Watchers friendly potato recipes?

Cottage Cheese Baked Potato and Salsa
Crock Pot Potatoes Dijonnaise
Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes with Ham
Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes with Spinach & Dill
Weight Watchers Potato Salad

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This Weight Watchers Chicken Brunswick Stew is hearty and satisfying, brimming with chunks of chicken and vegetables. We all liked it a lot. We liked it so much we devoured it before I managed to snap a photo:-( What you see above is a stock photo which gives you a pretty good, but not exact,...

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This Weight Watchers Chicken Brunswick Stew is hearty and satisfying, brimming with chunks of chicken and vegetables. We all liked it a lot.

weight watchers chicken brunswick stew

Weight Watchers Chicken Brunswick Stew

We liked it so much we devoured it before I managed to snap a photo:-( What you see above is a stock photo which gives you a pretty good, but not exact, idea of what the finished recipe looks like.

This is definitely a recipe you can tinker with to make your own. Adjust the amounts and kinds of vegetables to suit your tastes and what you have available. Tasty additions you might want to consider include tomato sauce and/or bbq sauce.

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Making Chicken Brunswick Stew

The Skinny on Chicken Brunswick Stew

I made this batch of Weight Watchers Chicken Brunswick stew on the stove top. Next time I’m going to try my slow cooker. I’ll cook the bacon and then toss it and everything else into the slow cooker, cooking on LOW for 6 to 8 hours, until the chicken and vegetables are tender.

Each serving has 268 calories and *6 Weight Watchers Points Plus. Enjoy!

Weight Watchers Chicken Brunswick Stew
 
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Hearty and Satisfying, this Slow Cooker Brunswick Stew is brimming with chunks of chicken and vegetables.
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Recipe type: Chicken
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (5 ounces each) cut into chunks
  • 2 slices center cut bacon
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced ½-inch thick
  • 1 onion, chopped or sliced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, seed and chopped or sliced
  • 1 can (14 to 15 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables (corn, carrots, peas, green beans, lima beans)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ⅛ teaspoon hot pepper sauce
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, combine the flour and cayenne pepper. Add the chicken and toss to coat it with the flour mixture.
  2. Place the bacon in a large saucepan set over medium heat. Cook until crisp. Remove the bacon and drain it on paper towels and set it aside. Add the chicken to the saucepan and cook, stirring occasionally, until it is lightly browned 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a plate.
  3. Add the celery, onion and bell pepper to the saucepan and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables begin to soften, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and broth, scraping up any flour and other brown bits that have stuck to the bottom of the pan.
  4. Stir in the chicken, mixed vegetables, vinegar, sugar, bay leaf, Worcestershire sauce and pepper sauce. Crumble the bacon and stir it in too.
  5. Bring the stew up to a boil and then lower the heat and simmer, partially covered, until the vegetables are very tender and the stew has thickened, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove the bay leaf and discard it. Taste and add more salt, pepper and hot pepper sauce as desired.
Cook's Notes
Nutritional Estimates Per Serving (1-1/2 cups): 268 calories, 6 g fat, 17 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 36 g protein and *6 WWPP.

Source: Weight Watchers Comfort Classics : 150 Favorite Home-Style Dishes

*PointsPlus® for Weight Watchers Chicken Brunswick Stew calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

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Looking for Other Delicious Chicken Recipes?

Skinny Southwestern Slow Cooker Chicken
Slow Cooker Chicken And Gravy
Chicken White Bean Salsa Soup
Hungry Girl’s Slow Cooker Chicken Vegetable Soup

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Every Saturday I share my Weight Watchers Weekly Meal Plan here on Simple Nourished Living. It includes what I’m planning to have for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well a few snack and dessert ideas. To keep things simple I tend to rotate between the same one or two breakfasts and lunches the days I eat...

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Weight Watchers Weekly Mean Plans Week #19

Weight Watchers Weekly Meal Plan for February 23, 2015

Every Saturday I share my Weight Watchers Weekly Meal Plan here on Simple Nourished Living. It includes what I’m planning to have for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well a few snack and dessert ideas.

To keep things simple I tend to rotate between the same one or two breakfasts and lunches the days I eat at home. And because we are a family of two most recipes I make result in leftovers that we are happy to eat again.  So, I usually only cook from scratch three or four times a week. We like to eat out a couple of times, usually during the weekend.

If I end up with more food than we can eat, I portion it out, package it up and pop it in the freezer for future quick and easy lunches and dinners.

Taking the time to think about what I’m cooking and eating ahead of time makes meal times all week so much easier. With the shopping done and recipes at the ready I can just walk into the kitchen and get cooking. I don’t stick to it one hundred percent, but it helps to have a rough guide.

I hope these posts make it easier for you to stay on track with your weight loss and/or healthy eating goals too.

And remember, there’s a Weight Watchers Weekly Meal Plan Section on the blog so you can get inspiration from all of the previous weekly meal plans too. Enjoy!

Here’s what’s on my menu this week…

Weight Watchers Meal Plan Ideas (Week #19)

Breakfast

This week I’m going to begin the day with a large mug of decaf coffee (0PP) and:

1.  1/2 Grapefruit (0PP) and steel cut oats (4PP) with maple syrup (1PP) – one of my healthy go to breakfasts. I like to make a big batch of steel cut oats over the weekend to warm up during the week.

2. Healthy Low Calorie Breakfast Smoothie (4PP) – a quick, easy, healthy delicious way to begin the day.

Lunch

I like to keep lunch quick and easy. Limiting my choices makes weight loss/maintenance easier. (Here’s research that supports this idea.) I eat lunch out a few days a week. On the days I’m home I plan to have:

1. Spinach Quiche (8PP) – made with real cream, milk, cheese and eggs this quiche keeps me satisfied for hours. Enjoy with a Simple Green Salad (0PP) tossed with Olive Oil (1PP) and Balsamic Vinegar (0PP)

2. Leftovers from Dinner

Dinner

Because we are a family of two most recipes result in leftovers, so, I only cook from scratch three or four times a week. (We eat out once or twice.)

1. Shredded Cabbage Soup (4 WWPP) – hearty but not heavy, with the ability to fill you for relatively few PointsPlus. Perfect for Meatless Monday. Enjoy with warm crusty sourdough bread (2PP).

2. Skinny Pasta with Broccoli + Chicken (9PP) – one of my favorite quick and easy pasta recipes that I’ve been making for decades. Enjoy a Simple Green Salad (0PP) tossed with Olive Oil (1PP) and Balsamic Vinegar (0PP) alongside.

3. Slow Cooker Italian Pork + White Bean Stew (7PP) – easy, flavorful, fall apart tender and delicious, perfect for dinner on a cold winter night. Enjoy with warm crusty sourdough bread (2PP)

4. Lentil Mushroom and Kale Burritos (10PP) – really quick and easy, especially if you use already cooked lentils. And surprisingly delicious. If you’re feeling adventurous, give it a try.

5. Leftover Buffet (AKA: Clean out the Fridge Night)

Snacks

1. Fruit (0PP) and Laughing Cow Cheese (1PP)

2. Carrots (0PP) and Hummus (1PP)

Dessert

Low Fat Banana Cake with Peanut Butter Icing (5PP) – Rod loves cake and it’s been a while since I’ve baked one. I don’t eat dessert every night, just a couple of times a week. I’ll share some of it with Mom and my neighbors, to prevent us from getting carried away with it.

If you make one of our recipes, we would love for you to a picture and share it on Instagram. Use the hashtag #simplenourishedliving. We want to see what you are making and would love for you to follow us on Instagram.

And remember, there’s a Weight Watchers Weekly Meal Plan Section on the blog so you can get inspiration from all of the previous weekly meal plans too.

Have a wonderful week!

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I’ve had several requests for comfort food recipes recently. Learning to recreate your favorite comfort foods with fewer calories and fat grams is essential for lasting weight loss success. We may be able to deny ourselves certain dishes for a while, but not indefinitely. I’m always thrilled when I find a way to satisfy my...

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I’ve had several requests for comfort food recipes recently. Learning to recreate your favorite comfort foods with fewer calories and fat grams is essential for lasting weight loss success.

We may be able to deny ourselves certain dishes for a while, but not indefinitely. I’m always thrilled when I find a way to satisfy my taste buds for fewer points plus.

Weight Watchers Low Calorie Potato Soup Recipipes

7 Weight Watchers Low Fat Potato Soup Recipes

One of my favorite comfort foods is homemade soup. As writer Laurie Colwin says in her essay on Nursery Food (Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen), “A four star meal is the right thing when the human animal is well rested and feeling rich, but it is not much help to the sore in spirit who would be much better off with a big bowl of homemade soup.”

I’ve made lots of delicious low calorie soup recipes through the years, including my favorite, potato.

Potatoes + Soup = Comfort Food Heaven.

When you are feeling tired and hungry I hope you’ll consider consoling yourself with one of these comforting low calorie potato soup recipes.

Easy Slow Cooker Creamy Low Calorie Potato Soup

Easy Slow Cooker Potato Soup

Easy Slow Cooker Potato Soup (250 calories + 6 WWPP) – One of my first ever attempts at a creamy low calorie potato soup that was an immediate hit with everyone.

Slow Cooker Low Calorie Potato Artichoke Soup Recipe

Slow Cooker Potato Artichoke Soup

Slow Cooker Potato Artichoke Soup (134 calories + 3 WWPP) – My most recent low calorie potato soup, low in fat and full of flavor from the artichokes.

Skinny Low Calorie Potato Leek Soup Recipe

Skinny Potato Leek Soup

Skinny Low Calorie Potato Leek Soup (181 calories + 4 WWPP) – This skinny potato leek soup recipe is made without butter or cream so it’s hearty and healthy and low in Weight Watchers points.

The Bonne Femme Silky Light Low Calorie Potato Soup

Low Calorie Pureed Potato Soup

The Bonne Femme Silky and Light Low Calorie Potato Soup (147 calories + 4 WWP) – A huge fan of pureed potato soup, this one is fresher and lighter than most, with a healthy dose of fresh herbs, just a touch of cream and no additional thickeners. Rod, a man who much prefers subtle flavors, called it “ambrosial.”

Slow Cooker Low Calorie Cauliflower Potato Soup Recipe

Low Calorie Slow Cooker Cauliflower Potato Soup

Slow Cooker Cauliflower Potato Soup  (240 calories + 6 WWPP) – This slow cooker potato cauliflower soup is easy, healthy and delicious. Perfect for warming you inside and out when it’s chilly. Always a favorite at our house.

Spanish Potato Onion Soup

Low Calorie Spanish Onion and Potato Soup

Slow Cooker Low Calorie Spanish Potato and Onion Soup (141 calories + 3 WWPP) –  A simple soup of potatoes, onions and Spanish-influenced seasonings for the slow cooker, perfect for cold weather.

Skinny Coconut Curry Sweet Potato Soup

Skinny Curried Sweet Potato Soup

Skinny Curried Sweet Potato Soup with Coconut Milk (153 calories and *4 WWPP) – This skinny curried sweet potato soup with coconut milk isn’t just any old sweet potato soup. Not by a long shot. This sweet potato soup will make your mouth sing and your tummy smile.

*PointsPlus® for these 7 Skinny Low Calorie Potato Soup Recipes calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

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You can never have too many slow cooker chicken recipes. At least I don’t seem to think so. I’ve made dozens of them and have oodles more on my waiting list. The newest one to show up for dinner was this Slow Cooker Cuban Chicken with Citrus from Quick Slow Cooking (Williams-Sonoma). Fresh orange and lime juice combine with...

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You can never have too many slow cooker chicken recipes. At least I don’t seem to think so. I’ve made dozens of them and have oodles more on my waiting list. The newest one to show up for dinner was this Slow Cooker Cuban Chicken with Citrus from Quick Slow Cooking (Williams-Sonoma).

skinny slow cooker cuban chicken with citrus

Weight Watchers Friendly Slow Cooker Cuban Citrus Chicken

Fresh orange and lime juice combine with garlic, onion, and bay leaf, for an easy fresh and flavorful main dish. Oranges and limes are plentiful and cheap here in Phoenix right now so it seemed like the perfect time to test out this yummy sounding recipe.

Skinny on Slow Cooker Cuban Chicken with Citrus

As usual, I had my way with the original recipe. I replaced the suggested whole cut-up chicken with 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs. And skipped the optional pre-browning in the name of time and laziness.

To make sure the onion is soft by the time the chicken is done be sure to slice it as thinly as you can. I find it easiest to cut the onion in half lengthwise, then peel each half, place it cut side down and slice it into very thin half-moons.

The book suggested serving this slow cooker Cuban citrus chicken with black beans, mashed sweet potatoes and sliced avocados drizzled with lime juice, which I did. Mom, Rod and I all gave this high marks for flavor. I appreciated how effortless it was, once the onion was sliced and citrus juiced.

According to my calculations each serving has 239 calories and *6 Weight Watchers Points Plus. Enjoy!

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Making Cuban Chicken with Citrus

Slow Cooker Cuban Chicken with Citrus
 
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Simple, fresh and flavorful this slow cooker cuban chicken with citrus is as delicious as it is easy and healthy. For best results, be sure to slice the onion as thinly as you can.
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Recipe type: Slow Cooker
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 8 Boneless skinless chicken thighs (5 ounces each)
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 yellow onion, peeled and sliced as thinly as possible (about 1-1/2 cups)
  • 8 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • ¾ cup fresh orange juice
  • ¾ cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 bay leaf
Instructions
  1. Ideal Slow Cooker Size: 4-Quart
  2. Season the chicken generously with salt and pepper and then place it in the slow cooker. Spread the onion evenly over the chicken and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt. Stir together the garlic, orange juice, lime juice and bay leaf and then pour over the chicken.
  3. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours, until the chicken and onions are tender. Remove and discard the bay leaf. Taste the sauce and add more salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Serve the chicken with some of the onions and a little sauce poured over.
Cook's Notes
Nutritional Estimates Per Serving (1 chicken thigh): 239 calories, 14 g fat, 6 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 22 g protein and *6 WWPP

Source: Quick Slow Cooking (Williams-Sonoma) – A keeper, I’ve already made two recipes from it!

*PointsPlus® for slow cooker Cuban chicken with citrus calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

What I used to Make this Skinny Slow Cooker Cuban Chicken Recipe

Hamilton Beach Stay or Go 6-Quart Slow Cooker
Citrus Juicer by the Everyday Gourmet®

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A wonderful quote greeted me first thing this morning: We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time — T.S. Eliot It describes my life as a Weight Watchers Warrior. “Weight Watchers Warrior” is a title I decided...

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Becoming a Weight Watchers Warrior

Becoming a Weight Watchers Warrior

A wonderful quote greeted me first thing this morning:

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time — T.S. Eliot

It describes my life as a Weight Watchers Warrior.

“Weight Watchers Warrior” is a title I decided to bestow upon myself this morning.  I thought about “Weight Watchers Princess.” Part of me has always wanted to be a princess.

But “Weight Watchers Warrior” feels better. Stronger. A force to be reckoned with. It describes how my life as a Lifetime Weight Watcher and Yoga Enthusiast have merged.

Becoming a Weight Watchers Warrior

Weight Watchers has been integral to helping me discover how to best manage my often tumultuous relationship with food. Yoga’s warrior poses are vigorous postures that have helped me cultivate strength and steadiness both on and off my yoga mat.

I’ve been on my Weight Watchers journey for decades. I joke that I’m a slow learner. And at 51 I’m finally coming to accept that things take as long as they take.

My weight and food struggles began in preadolescence. I first experienced Weight Watchers in the early 1990s when I was 28-years-old. What a long and winding road it has been since then. I realize that it’s far from finished because I’m not finished. There is no finish line. It’s time to slow down and enjoy the ride. To admit that I have no idea how life will turn out. To trust that it will all be fine. To stop trying to control the outcome and focus on the process.

I think it was Steve Jobs who said, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward.” Try as you might, it’s not possible. Only looking back can you appreciate how the tapestry of your life has been woven. How choices, decisions and actions from long ago, that seemed inconsequential at the time, contribute in a significant way to who you are today.

For me these include things like:

  • Stepping into my first Weight Watchers meeting.
  • Traveling to Paris where I witnessed slim women indulging in beautiful real food.
  • Taking cooking classes.
  • Walking back into Weight Watchers after a long hiatus feeling like a failure.
  • Taking my initial yoga class.
  • Experimenting with new foods and recipes.
  • Joining a gym.
  • Leaving an unhealthy relationship.
  • Asking for help.
  • Completing yoga teacher training.
  • Committing to staying an active Weight Watchers Lifetime Member.
  • Starting a blog.

Looking back I can see how all these unrelated actions have helped me become a Weight Watchers Warrior, balancing my love of food and desire to be slim and healthy.

What are some of your past choices, decisions and actions that have propelled you toward your goals?

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Happy Valentine’s Day! How are you celebrating? We are headed to the 59th Annual VNSA Book Sale, the Southwest’s largest used book sale, where this year’s theme is, “We Heart Books.” It’s become a tradition I look forward to each year. How’s the meal planning going? It’s hard to believe that I’ve been posting these Weight...

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Weight Watchers Weekly Meal Plan for February 16, 2015

Happy Valentine’s Day! How are you celebrating? We are headed to the 59th Annual VNSA Book Sale, the Southwest’s largest used book sale, where this year’s theme is, “We Heart Books.” It’s become a tradition I look forward to each year.

How’s the meal planning going? It’s hard to believe that I’ve been posting these Weight Watchers Weekly Meal Plans now for more than four months. To tell the truth I’m surprised I’ve stuck with it this long. I didn’t expect to find the process as enjoyable or helpful as I have. Taking the time to think about what I’m cooking and eating over the weekend makes meal times all week so much easier. With the shopping done and recipes at the ready I can just walk into the kitchen and get cooking.

Here’s what’s on my menu this week…

Weight Watchers Meal Plan Ideas (Week #18)

Breakfast

This week I’m going to begin the day with a large mug of decaf coffee (0PP) and:

1.  1/2 Grapefruit (0PP) and steel cut oats (4PP) with maple syrup (1PP)

I’ve been missing my morning bowl of steel cut oats. So, Sunday I’ll make up a big batch and store it in the fridge for a quick reheat during the week.

Lunch

I like to keep lunch quick and easy. Limiting my choices makes weight loss/maintenance easier. (Here’s research that supports this idea.) I eat lunch out a few days a week. On the days I’m home I’ll have:

1.  Lemony Lentil Quinoa Salad (6PP) & Frozen Veggie Burger (2PP)

2. Leftovers

Dinner

Because we are a family of two most recipes result in leftovers. We are happy to eat them again another night.  So, I usually only cook from scratch 3 or 4 times a week. (We usually eat out 1 – 2 nights a week.) If I end up with more food than we can eat I portion it out, package it up and pop it in the freezer for future quick and easy lunches and dinners.

1. Slow Cooker Manhattan Clam Chowder (2 cups – 8 WWPP) with Mixed Green Salad (0PP) tossed with Olive Oil (1PP) and Balsamic Vinegar (0PP) and Sourdough Bread (2PP)

2. Slow Cooker Asian Lettuce Wraps (13PP)

3. Mel’s Easy Slow Cooker Pork Chops (7PP) with Mashed Potatoes (4PP) and Green Beans (0PP)

4. Easy Arroz con Pollo (9) with Mixed Green Salad (0PP) tossed with Olive Oil (1PP) and Balsamic Vinegar (0PP)

5. Leftover Buffet (AKA: Clean out the Fridge Night)

Snacks

1. Apple (0PP) and Almond Butter (3PP)

2. Greek Yogurt & Cocoa Powder (2PP)

Dessert

I just noticed the cookie jar is empty (again) so I think I’ll reload it with a batch of these Easy 4-Ingredient Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies.

What’s on Your Menu Plan This Week?

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