WWFreestyle 2018

January 11, 2018 — 12 Comments

I’m happy to be back at Weight Watchering! (it’s a word.)

A VERY sweet friend of mine (Thank you Niki!) organized a Meal Train for my surgery in August and for this most recent surgery. I so appreciate my friends singing up and bringing us meals. One less thing to worry about and so very kind!

The Meal Train was organized through the month of January, but since I’ve felt pretty good these last two weeks, I decided to cancel the remainder of the Meal Train. I love that friends want to help, but I feel bad having someone bring us a meal when I now feel good enough to throw something simple together.

That being said, I got back to tracking and making a few simple things in the kitchen. Basically, soup, tuna salad and any kind of breakfast food that you can think of that is easy.

If you are a WW member, you are a few weeks in now on WW Freestyle!

How is it going?

Do you like the plan?

Do you hate the plan?

What new Zero SmartPoints foods do you love?

What foods are making Freestyle easy for you?

I would love to know your thoughts!

My weigh in day as a member was always friday, so on Friday December 29th, I began to track again and it feels really good.

Before my recent surgery, my weight had gone up about 10 pounds from what I had maintained for about three years. I wasn’t crazy about the way that I was feeling, but my plastic surgeon did tell me to try to maintain where I was so that he had enough belly tissue to work with for my surgery. I did that.

Leading meetings, feeling uncomfortable in my own skin, and two major surgeries ahead of me, I wasn’t feeling like a very good Weight Watcher role model.

Now that surgery is over, I can work on getting back to a weight that I feel much more comfortable with.

I am super excited to get back to blogging in my Julie form, whatever that means.

I really like to post a daily blog (I rarely miss one) of what I ate, how many SmartPoints it was, and what activity I got in for the day. I also like to throw in any recent shenanigans. There always seems to be something going on!

Blogging daily is a great accountability tool for me and it has become such a routine, I miss it!

Hopefully, I will be able to give you all some easy ideas for meals, whether you are a WW member or just trying to come up with easy and health meal ideas.

I like to just throw things together and I hope that you do too!

I’m terrible at actually creating  recipes and posting them here on the blog, but I do have a few and I do try to do that.

I have yet to go in and update any more than a few recipes to Freestyle, but I am adding it to my goals for the year. Forgive me for being terrible about that!

I havne’t been really busy in the kitchen and we haven’t had anything fancy, but I’ve made lots of soups, we’ve had simple proteins with salads, we’ve done taco meat and I’m now back into enjoying the non fat greek yogurt. Of course, I always love my eggs.

Here are a few of my favorite things lately!

Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt and Nonfat Plain Yogurt are both now Zero SmartPoints

Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt with a few drops of liquid Stevia (I like Vanilla and Cinnamon flavored) and a generous sprinkle of cinnamon makes a great meal or snack!

I typically buy this brand.

 

I tried this recently and it is amazing! It is much thicker! They taste the same to me, but I do like the thickness of this one better! I found this at Whole Foods.

 

I like to add a little additional cinnamon to the top!

 

I added a 1/2 T. of Almond Butter to this bowl and it was delicious!

2 SmartPoints

 

Eggs are Zero SmartPoints

Sweet Potato Hash topped with Eggs and Avocado! So many flavors in here.

7 SmartPoints for this breakfast.

 

Soft Boiled Eggs!

Place Eggs in Boiling Water and boil for 6 minutes. With a slotted spoon, remove the eggs and place them in a bowl of ice water for 2 minutes. Peel under running water. Perfect every time!

 

Fruit is Zero SmartPoints

Some mornings, I don’t mind a slice of toast all dressed up!

This piece of bread is 2 SmartPoints, then I topped this with 2 tsp of Almond Butter, 1/2 Banana, Blueberries, 1/4 drizzle of Honey and a sprinkle of Cinnamon.

4 SmartPoints. Perfect with my black Coffee!

 

I could do Pancakes for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner. 

Maybe you prefer Waffles? This is the Big Ass Waffle recipe, in pancake form.

Sometimes I just don’t want to get out the waffle iron. These cakes are about 3″ in diameter.

3 SmartPoints for just the Pancakes.

 

Same recipe, but two large cakes.

 

Tuna is Zero Smartpoints

3 SmartPoints for lunch.

The mayo is 3 SmartPoints, everything else, Zero SmartPoints.

 

Did I mention the fun that I’ve been having with the letter/chalk board that WW gave all of the WW Ambassadors??

 

I started driving last week, so I met a friend for coffee and lunch at Whole Foods.. I always love their salad bar. This is all Zero SmartPoint Veggies and Hard Boiled Eggs topped with a drizzle of Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil.

 

I picked up a few Pre-made Salads at Trader Joe’s for a quick lunch or dinner.

The dressing on this was pricy as far as SmartPoints go, so I used my own mix of Vinegar and Oil. This was one of those meals you just have to guess on.

 

Want easy? These are Bird Balls. A Weight Watcher member created these and they are easy and freeze nicely! I asked his permission to write a blog about them, and he said Yes! You can click HERE to read that post and get the recipe!

On Freestyle, these are now only 1 SmartPoint each and they are about 2″ in diameter!

You could eat these with sauce and Zoodles or Spaghetti Squash for a very low SmartPoint meal!

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Chicken Breast and Corn are Zero SmatPoints

I think I ate this Zucchini Soup (with Chicken Breast and corn in it) for at least three days. I love this soup and without any toppings, it is Zero SmattPoints!

Drizzle a Banana with 2 tsp of your favorite Nut Butter and 1/4 tsp Honey. Sprinkle with 1/4 tsp Chia Seeds for a 2 SmartPoint Dessert!

 

Same Zucchini Soup the next day. Some soup just taste better AND looks better the next day!

 

99% Ground Turkey and 99% Ground Chicken are Zero SmartPoints

I made Taco meat using the 99% Lean Ground Turkey! I ate this over a bed of Caulirice and with my few extra toppings, this was a great meal!

 

We also ate this Steak Soup for about three days. I could eat a bowl right now!

1 Cup = 3 SmartPoints.

You could make it with 99% Lean Turkey and the only SmartPoints would be the potatoes! 

 

So few SmartPoints in this soup, there’s room for Wine!

 

Okay, those are just a few of the simple things that we have been eating over here for the last two weeks.

What are you eating on WW Freestyle?

2018 Goals
Make time each week to Meal Plan
Drink 100 ounces of water each day
Exercise 5 days a week
Eat three meals and one snack daily
Ftibit 10,000 Daily Steps

“love the life you live, live the life you love”

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12 responses to WWFreestyle 2018

  1. julesfarm@yahoo.com January 11, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    So TRUE!!

    It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey!

    (Cant remember who wrote that, or if it is exact, but I love what it means!)

  2. As you know – There is No Finish Line!!!!!

  3. julesfarm@yahoo.com January 11, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    Thank you so much Kathi! I really appreciate that!

    Continued success to you too! You can do it!!

  4. Thanks, Julie –
    and continued success to you as you go through the healing process. Your journey has
    been amazing (including all the flooding / family issues during this whole crazy
    summer and fall.)
    Kathi

  5. julesfarm@yahoo.com January 11, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    Kathi,

    You are so close to goal. That is awesome! And a loss this week. Yay!!

    It sounds like you have figured out what works for you and what doesn’t, and really, that is the most important thing.

    Huge congrats to you on your weight loss. I know it can be more difficult the older we get, so a HUGE KUDDOS to you! Your success is awesome!

    I’m sorry that there wasn’t an option to choose plans, but it does sound like you are figuring out a way to continue to count and track that will work for you!

    I’m glad you’re here and I will continue to answer any quests you have

    Have a Happy and Healthy Week!

    Julie

  6. Julie –
    Thanks for your kind response. I have already (for me) kicked Freestyle to the curb and went back to straight smartpoints – kind of using what I had before the switch (except for real eggs – those I’m keeping, but counting, cluck, cluck). Just wish WW had given us an option. Oh, well. Surprise, or really, no surprise, weight did go down this week (finally). I weigh and measure my food. Yep, threw away working toward the blue dots, didn’t throw away tracking, if I eat it, I track it. I only have 11 to go to goal – although I honestly may change that to a little lower, but only after WW goal, so I can stop paying. A just a note of encouragement to those who say the older you are the slower/harder it is – well, I was 63 when I started in February, next week 64 – I’ve worked around a few physical issues and have had slow but steady losses. WW program does work – just that Freestyle is not my thing!

  7. julesfarm@yahoo.com January 11, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    Kathi,

    First of all, starting to sprout feathers. Cracking up and I totally get it!

    Okay, we can do this. I really want to help you continue to lose and succeed.

    I am SO happy you are a tracker. I love tracking so I can go back and sew what I was eating and was is working for me.

    Can you go back and look through your tracker and repeat some of those days/weeks of meals? Continue to use all of those great websites that you mentioned.

    On your daily points, those numbers can really play games with our heads sometimes as can the blue dots if we really have our heart set on achieving those goals.

    I forgot to ask how many weekly points you have, but can you spread those out over the 7 day week and plan to eat them without those numbers playing head games with you? Perhaps eating just as you were eating before will now look different as far as your points go, but will give you continued success on the scale.

    Does that make sense?

    Let me know your thoughts or please feel free to ask further questions.

    Big hug,

    Julie

  8. Hi Julie – I don’t mind answering in a public forum. So here goes…
    1. Can you continue to eat what you were eating while losing the 90 pounds? If not, can you explain.
    Yes, I still am a faithful tracker. I have not missed a day (or a meeting) since starting last February. I plan ahead (although not a prepper like others,) so that I can shop smartly.
    2. With my 90 pound loss, were you using your weeklies? If I was not, could you consider using weeklies to make up for those 7 dailies? Yes, I always ate my 30 points (when it went down to 30) and I used a lot of my weeklies. I did not eat my fitpoints. I usually went over on my 30 on the weekends, giving me a couple of days at 30 points before my Wednesday weigh in. So, losing those 7 points is beyond frustrating to me – yes, I was / am one of the crazy blue dot people. I have given up the blue dots, BUT, cannot eat what I was eating at 23 points, nor even when I’m using my weeklies (which I always have), so now I’m trying to do about 30 a day, when in actuality before I was probably at 34 to 36 per day, especially on weekends. Kind of a mini-sprengel plan thing.
    3. If you were using your dailies, are there any new Zero foods that you like? Just how much chicken breast, turkey breast, eggs can one person eat? I’m starting to sprout feathers. Seriously though, I HATE yogurt, beans, peppers, onions, carrots, the list goes on and on. I was using the various website (Emily bites, skinnytaste, drizzlemeskinny, etc) recipes, Mud’s BAW’s, and eliminating the stuff I hate to make them work for me. That worked. I’m still doing that, but just trying to do it all on the very slender healthy point range that I’m stuck in now. 🙁
    Kathi

  9. julesfarm@yahoo.com January 11, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    Hi Kathi! Thank you so much for being honest. I know that not everyone is loving the plan if the new Zero SmartPoints foods are not in your regular routine.

    I have a few questions for you that I hope can help you. You can certainly email me if you would rather, but if we can discuss here, it may help others who are struggling as well. I’ll leave that up to you!

    My email is julesfarm@yahoo.com

    Congratulations on your 90 pound loss! That is awesome!
    I’m curious what has changed for you besides the daily points going down.
    1. Can you continue to eat what you were eating while losing the 90 pounds? If not, can you explain?
    2. With your 90 pound loss, were you using any of your weeklies? If you were not, could you consider using weeklies to make up for those 7 dailies that you lost?
    3. If you were using your dailies, are there any of the new Zero foods that you like?

    Lets start there. I would love to help you and I think that I can. Answer here in the comments or feel free to send me an email.

    You can do this!!!

    Julie

  10. julesfarm@yahoo.com January 11, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    I sure do hope so!

    And Yes! I am looking forward to date night with Mike on Valentines and feeling much better by then! Thanks Nancy 🙂

  11. Well, I’m also Weight Watchering – but for me – hating Freestyle. Not working for me. I am a picky, picky eater – and so most of the new “free” foods – I hate, so when you drop 7 points from my daily program, I’m not subbing for the new zero foods, so I’m more hangry, as I’m trying to stay in that healthy eating zone. It’s been a nasty, horrible struggle and now feels more like a diet for me. I was down 90 just as freestyle hit, so working the Smartpoints program really worked for me. Now – not so much. Actually had a big gain at xmas (and I was tracking, exercising, etc.), so, at a loss to understand that gain. I’m happy that it’s working for others, but for me – it stinks to high heavens. I’m almost to the point of saving my money and letting WW go. 🙁

  12. Your choices are healthy and will help your body heal.

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