Get these mini-candy bars out of my house or How I am doing on Weight Watchers

In a corollary post to the earlier one, I wanted to give you guys a Weight Watchers check in. I finished my second full week on Saturday.

The first week I was very good. I had more than 50 points left over including four hours of exercise points. And the hard work showed – I dropped three pounds the first week.

The second week I think I was trying to see how how many bad choices you could make and still drop weight (I had a cupcake at Walsh’s BB party and the next night a bratwurst and almond bread, The points go much faster that way!) I only exercised three hours last week and only dropped 1 pound (I would four ounces from it being 2 pounds but that didn’t count!)

Now that’s still 4 pounds in two week so I do feel good about that. However, these last few days I have encountered some challenges.

  1. I bought at Costco the $13 giant freaking bag of mini candy bars to give out tonight. The bag got opened to send some candy to school events and that my friends has been a big problem. It’s just way too easy to dip in and feel like “Oh it’s not a big deal, such an itty-bitty candy bar couldn’t be that bad for you!’ But they do add up (literally!) The Weight Watchers website advises leaving the wrappers out so you can keep count. I do think that is good advice. I just can’t wait to give all this candy away and be done with it. (I know the kids will get candy but I am particular about the kind of like, plus I feel more guilty pulling from the pumpkins than I do out of a bag.)
  2. Even though I think I am a week out, I am feeling very premenstrual and wanting to snack on salty and sweet like crazy!!  I am more in control of the salty but the sweet I am not doing well fighting the urge.

I looked on the Weight Watchers website to see if there were any articles to fight PMS binging but it’s not there. Any advice is welcome.

I do think that Weight Watchers is great for making you rethink all your eating. I now am turning to fruit first — since it’s a zero — while I try to figure out what to eat this healthy and will satisfy me (ie sweet or salty or crunchy).  I also am aware now of how much and how often I was eating before.

Because you are eating regular food, I don’t the kids are aware at all that I’m doing it. I’m just putting less oil on the meats and veggies I roast and am making more stuff with turkey – like turkey sausages with whole wheat pasta.

Is the candy in your house making you crazy? Is it just as bad in their pumpkins as in the bags or do you feel worse stealing from them? How do you knock out PMS cravings?

Update: I just ran across a story about Weight Watchers CEO talking about is personal weight loss and how healthy habits are more important than discipline. He also talks about Weight Watchers may become more involved in the anti-obesity movement.


48 comments Add your comment

JJ

October 31st, 2011
12:15 pm

Pickles. Salty, no fat. I don’t know points value, but if I want something salty, I go for the jar of pickles…..

And once Halloween is over, get rid of the candy. Send it with Michael to work. Get it out of your house!!!!!! Out of sight, out of mind.

When you get sweet cravings, drink a glass of lemonade…..

HB

October 31st, 2011
12:50 pm

If you’re particular about what candy you like, next time buy something to hand out that you don’t like. That’s why I hand out Skittles instead of M&Ms–far less likely to dip into the bag myself.

Beck

October 31st, 2011
1:09 pm

Period comment = TMI

Fred

October 31st, 2011
1:15 pm

Theresa, first of all, congrats on the 4 lbs.

I was late to the last thread and don’t know if you saw my comment. Huckabee wrote a great diet book. it’s not A diet, it’s HOW to diet, things and mindsets to adopt that work with any diet. He doesn’t advocate any one diet over another. It’s a great book, you should read it. (It’s also apolitical, so don’t worry there lol). http://www.amazon.com/Quit-Digging-Your-Grave-Knife/dp/0446578061

Also, if you can afford it, try Laura’s Lean Beef. it has less fat per 4 ounce serving than turkey. I usually catch it at Kroger’s when they buy to much and mark it down. My wife has a recipe for homemade granola that is zero fat, very little sugar and easy to make. I’ll get the recipe and ask my neighbor (who has lost 75 lbs on WW), to figure out how many points it is and send it to you if you would like. It’s sweet, you could add salt lol, (or salty nuts), and it’s quick and easy to make. I like it and I don’t usually like granola.

Good luck and stay strong.

Sluggo

October 31st, 2011
1:16 pm

You can’t fight it!

Nothing beats the urge of the mighty ” Kit Kat” or “Snickers” mini.

Give in to your chocolate desire.

Go ahead… after you put the little ones down this evening, dig in the bag and chow down.

Concerned

October 31st, 2011
1:21 pm

I will be giving out Slim Fast bars to all the fat kids that come to my door.

Fred

October 31st, 2011
1:27 pm

“I will be giving out Slim Fast bars to all the fat kids that come to my door.

From what I see of today’s kids, that’s gonna get really expensive really fast…………

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

October 31st, 2011
1:32 pm

Update on the weight — I dropped another pound between Saturday and today so down 5 after two weeks and two days so that is good!!

Fred — I will check out the Laura’s beef —

i have two giant bags of candy — the second bag is all skittles and sugar stuff and I haven;t touched that one — it’s the chocolate and the caramel that is making me crazy!

JJ – I have been doing the pickles — the pickles are great for salty and as far as I can tell — they are O!!!

The other thing I am noticing is I am stopping at the store to buy fruit like twice a week — the kids have always done a good job on their fruit but with me added in there we are eating tons of it. So los of run ins for fruit and fat-free milk, which I forgot this morning when I got the fruit!!!

JJ

October 31st, 2011
1:33 pm

Nothing tastes as good as thin feels.

Also, try http://www.DWLZ.com. ALLL kinds of helpful information on that web site…..Restaurants, etc. Weight watchers points for most major restaurants.

Momof2

October 31st, 2011
1:36 pm

Skinny cow makes excellent chocolate candies, which are only a couple of points per bag and always satisfy my chocolate craving.

JJ

October 31st, 2011
1:46 pm

I’ll nibble on the neighbor’s candy. I don’t keep candy in my house, except a small bag of peanut M&Ms in the freezer….my weakness….

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JATL

October 31st, 2011
1:56 pm

Buy candy you don’t like! My bowls are full and ready -with Sweet Tarts, Smarties, gummy stuff, Reese’s, Baby Ruth, Almond Joy/Mounds -all stuff I don’t like.

Congrats on the weight loss! Make sure any leftovers go somewhere tomorrow and double up on exercise this week.

Lisa

October 31st, 2011
2:07 pm

Sugar is addictive. Stop eating it, and you will soon stop thinking about it.

All the diet programs in the world will not be successful until you can exercise self-control.

Simply substituting fruit instead of chocolate won’t solve your problem over the long run. You’re still eating when you have appetite, rather than hunger.

The weight loss...

October 31st, 2011
2:17 pm

…this weekend was water weight and does not count – keep on losing…the best way to lose weight is to take out what you would normally eat, then either put back half, or if that feels tacky, only eat half of what you put on your plate (I bet Michael will eat the rest)…guaranteed weight loss without all the counting and measuring…

ATLchick

October 31st, 2011
2:43 pm

I’m not familiar with WW exact details, but could you try drinking a class of chocolate milk every time you have a chocolate craving? I do that normally, because milk is filling and nutritious but I feel like I’m gorging on chocolate from the volume. (Milk makes me feel full quickly.) Just an idea, good luck!

Denise

October 31st, 2011
2:54 pm

Theresa – I made a TERRIBLE mistake on WW. I’m a sugar junkie and I decided to buy WW cookies, brownies, and snack cakes, thinking “well it’s only 2-3 points.” Well, sure, that’s good…except that they’re small and I end up eating 2 of them! Don’t tempt yourself by buying something you can’t control your cravings for. I’m down about 8 pounds but it’s taken me a long time. I like to eat too dang much…and I like CHOCOLATE to dang much. Thank goodness I’m only 5 pounds from my “goal” weight. (I don’t really care as long as I never get to the weight I was before.) Plus I went to a birthday party on Saturday and I was BANGING in this sweater dress. Long as I am more curvy on my butt than my gut I’m good. LOL

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

October 31st, 2011
2:55 pm

ATL chick — it would be better than the candy bars — I think fat free milk with chocolate syrup is either a 3 or a 4 – but you’r eright you would feel full — I have done that some — and they do want you to drink milk — lots of benefits –

Old School

October 31st, 2011
3:14 pm

Emerald Dark Chocolate Roasted Almond @ 100 cals per 1 oz serving! I savor each tasty, crunchy morsel. So far, I’m down 13.5 lbs in about 6 weeks and have lost 2″ from my waist. People are noticing (although it could be my now saggy jeans that I have to keep hitchin’ up!)

Emma

October 31st, 2011
3:19 pm

@JATL…buy candy that you don’t like. That’s a GREAT idea!!!!! I too succomb to those doggone mini candy bars…you just can’t eat one….buy candy that you don’t like….I am so there next year.

Weight Watcher

October 31st, 2011
3:33 pm

Great job! But make sure you try to hit those points (not necessarily the weekly ones, but the daily ones). Sometimes you think you’re eating enough, but those points are there for a reason, especially if you’re exercising. Not eating enough can really slow down your weigh loss, too. Good luck! I’ve lost more than 125 pounds on WW. As they say, “It works!”

Weight Watchers Novice

October 31st, 2011
3:49 pm

Hi there!

I am on week 4 of WW and as we officially begin the holiday season, I can tell you I am getting nervous. We learned at our meeting yesterday that the average person gains 15 pounds during the holiday seasons, no thank you. I found a great crustless pumpkin pie recipe that is only 1 point per slice. This might help you with your sweet craving and it will be great to whip up during the holidays. Also, check out the Whitman’s weight watchers candy which is a point per serving, but not the most filling in the world. My biggest suggestion is to really look for some great WW friendly blogs. One of my favorites is Hungry Girl who posts amazing dessert recipes with the WW Points Plus already calculated. (http://www.hungry-girl.com/).

Enjoy the pumpkin pie recipe here: http://www.healthdiscovery.net/recipes/desserts/pumpkin_pie.htm

Hope it helps and good luck! :)

WP

October 31st, 2011
4:04 pm

I have no trick-or-treaters so that helps me alot. I am on WW and have lost 30lbs. It is the best. Believe me I have tried them all. There is a recipe for a great chocolate shake on ww recipes. It helps me when I have a chocolate craving. 3 pts.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

October 31st, 2011
4:08 pm

Is everybody else getting the Subway ad for the healthy lunch on the right side of the page or is that one just following me around?? I get a lot of diet ads on Facebook — hmm!!

Weight Watcher — believe me I am using all my points each day. I have been running about 31 — this weekend probably more!!

WP — I will look for the shake recipe

I am wondering about buying the new WW Points Plus cookbook — I love that you can look specific stuff up on the site BUT something you just want to wander through a cook book and see photos — has anyone bought it — they don’t have it at my library otherwise I would borrow it first before I buy —

thoughts on the cookbook??

ABC

October 31st, 2011
4:37 pm

Use Ad Block Plus in your browser and you won’t see ads. Best thing ever.

Miss Priss!

October 31st, 2011
4:45 pm

Best diet on earth, and good for your fitness level, mental health, and confidence: train for a marathon. Run at least one marathon a year. You will turn into, and look like, a different person.

Ran marathon number 11 yesterday. I’m 50 years old and love the way my body looks and how clear and strong my mind is.

Kat

October 31st, 2011
5:12 pm

Good for you, Theresa! Keep at it. The other posters are right – buy candy you don’t like. Or, to make it feel more “special,” buy one full-size bar and just have that. Too many of the little ones make you feel as though it’s “okay” to have more than one, or two, or three. But, one full-size may give you the willpower to fight through this evening more than others.

Fred

October 31st, 2011
5:14 pm

heresa Walsh Giarrusso

October 31st, 2011
4:08 pm

Is everybody else getting the Subway ad for the healthy lunch on the right side of the page or is that one just following me around?? I get a lot of diet ads on Facebook — hmm!!
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Theresa? Are you REALLY that lacking in internet savvy lol? They “data mine” you. You have web searched weight loss things and you allow cookies. There the internet advertisers use software that track the websites you visit and direct the adds towards that.

Facebook is a security virus and ANYTHING you post or look at there is scrutinized, packaged and sold. Why do you think that dude was able to sell it for a billion+ dollars?

Oh and in case you don’t know, the AJC reads everything you send and receive on their email server. If you are using an AJC computer they also can track every place you go. It’s their computer and their server. So don’t be sending resume’s out on their stuff………… or bad mouth your boss……

Big Brother IS watching. Heck, you should check out MY ads lol. I manage a couple of properties and anytime a tenent has a problem (rats in the attic once) I get ads for whatever the current problem is for weeks on my Gmail whenever the clients ask me about it.

As to the AJC cookies, not so bad. I expire cookies as soon as I log out (technical term lol). Doesn’t work on Gmail though since it’s their server I have to log on to………….

Sylvania

October 31st, 2011
5:14 pm

Changing one’s eating habits through the Weight Watchers’ program is somewhat of a challenge, but keeping up good eating habits for a lifetime seems to be the nut that’s almost impossible for most people to crack.

Fred

October 31st, 2011
5:18 pm

WP

October 31st, 2011
4:04 pm

I have no trick-or-treaters so that helps me alot. I am on WW and have lost 30lbs. It is the best. Believe me I have tried them all. There is a recipe for a great chocolate shake on ww recipes. It helps me when I have a chocolate craving. 3 pts.
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Do you have no trick or treater or are you one of those nasty selfish people who turns off their lights and won’t answer the door? I mean YOU trick or treated when YOU were a child (unless you had one of those nutcase hyper religious cults that forbade it).

Or maybe, like our neighborhood, there just aren’t that many. Unless you live in the sticks though, you have to have SOMEONE who would come to your door unless you did things to prevent it………

Just saying……..

Jordan

October 31st, 2011
5:28 pm

go to http://www.skinnytaste.com Her recipes are amazing and she lists all of the points!

HB

October 31st, 2011
6:02 pm

Fred, don’t be a jerk. There are lots of places with few or even no trick or treaters. I bought a small bag of candy and marked the door in my apartment building as ready for trick-or-treaters (we have ribbons) but doubt I’ll see any. There are relatvely few kids living here (it’s a secure building, so we don’t have outside kids dropping by), and I think they all go down the street to a neighborhood by their school with lots of houses and families with children. My previous street was all old houses with 6 or so apartments in each and few families with children, so again, no trick-or-treaters. My mom lives near the back of a subdivision that’s not well lit, and some years, no kids other than her nieces make it back that far — the front half of the neighborhood gets a lot of trick or treaters.

motherjanegoose

October 31st, 2011
6:07 pm

TWG…I bought that same bag of candy a few weeks ago and it is still intact. I just poured it into the basket . I can pass on most candy…I love crackers and salty things. My daughter calls me cracker snacker. I have truffles here from my birthday and just ate one this past week. Candy does not tempt me.

Fred

October 31st, 2011
6:20 pm

But HB, I AM a “jerk.” I speak plainly and see clearly. If I have 5 people tonight, I’ll be surprised. We live in an old neighborhood. Mostly old people. They shutter their windows, lock their doors, turn off their lights and leave. I mean THEIR children are long gone. Kids have learned not to go to their selfish old selves. These are the same people who complain about school taxes because THEIR kids are long out of school.

As I said, selfish people. I have a bag of candy, lights on just in CASE anyone comes. Just like you. Besides, I wasn’t talking to you, I was talking to the person who said they didn’t spend a buck for a couple of pieces of candy IN CASE someone dropped by.

Just damn.

Uh, Theresa...

October 31st, 2011
7:41 pm

…your new blog on Ms. Magazine and how being a woman has changed in the past 40 years, which was put on line 2 minutes ago, is now closed to comments…what’s up with that, or are you out calorie counting trick or treating and pushed the wrong “send” button…

Uh, Theresa...

October 31st, 2011
7:43 pm

Yep, she pushed the wrong button – that new blog idea has now disappeared completely – it should be back up at midnight or so….

catlady

October 31st, 2011
8:04 pm

Don’t buy stuff you can’t eat, Theresa, for any reason. Cultivate the habit of staying off the ice cream, candy, cookies, and cokes aisle (the 4 deadly c’s). I have not walked on the ice cream, candy, or cookies aisles in YEARS. The “coke” aisle, however, is one of my downfalls. Avoid most of the grocery except the outside edges (veggies, meat (if you eat it), dairy (if you eat it). Avoid the processed stuff–one way or other it will kill you~!

How is the college class teaching going?

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

October 31st, 2011
8:40 pm

Yup — I totallypushed the wrong button — that one will be up at noon tomorrow — I have an early one for the morning and then Ms back at noon — sorry about that but glad you are excited to see it!! anticipation — maybe I’ll hit the wrong button on purpose —

on the ads — I know the mine what you write and talk about but since the post is in weight watchers I was trying to figure out if everyone was getting it or still just me — there is more to it —
although I did google a plumber today to work on the espionage toilet and all of a sudden the ad was on every page I clicked on — so very interesting —

I leave it on because I want to see what is following me –

Catlady on my college class — we are nearing the end of the first semester — five classes left and two of them are holidays! I have covered pretty much all the curriculum and the last classes are slated for their group project work and their online portfolio work — the class is really about projects – no tests per se — they had to create a blog and a social media plan for it and then try to build the blog’s followers for the first half of the semester — then they shot and edited their own photos to support their blogs, shot, edited and produced their own news videos for their blogs and the own slide shows through the same software and then we went into HTML, CSS and Dreamweaver. So now they have to put ALL those skills together to create an four-section online portfolio to represent themselves as a digital journalist and then they are making a group news projects. They have to build a four-page web site focusing on varying aspects of a news story and incorporate the video shooting, slide show shooting and HTML into the project — so very interesting stuff but a lot of work!!! Glad we are on the downside of the hill. My house needs some care! But it has been loads of fun and the students are great. I got my review from the dean last week and it was good. So I am happy that the dean was happy with my teaching and that she said the students are happy too!

motherjanegoose

October 31st, 2011
8:57 pm

TWG…imho your and my house will always need some care. If you enjoy what you are doing and the students enjoy you…do not worry about your house. There are so many more interesting things to do than dust, mop, vacuum and clean toilets and they WILL need to be cleaned again! When I die, NO ONE will ever say, “Her house was always clean!” Folks would have been able to say that about my own Mom but no one says much about her at all. I am sad that it was like she vanished over 15 years ago and it does not seem like her friends cared much after the funeral. We never heard a peep. We do not have many fond memories except that she was a stickler for a clean house…not me!

Dennis

November 1st, 2011
10:56 am

http://whole9life.com/2011/10/halloween-candy/

It’s very true. Halloween candy isn’t special. If it’s still in your house six months from now, it will still taste just as fresh. That’s a disconcerting thought, isn’t it?

Remember your garbage can is hungry, and feed it well.

DB

November 1st, 2011
11:02 am

I am still shaking my head at the rudeness of some of the trick-or-treaters last night. One excited group pushed their way into my house in their scramble to be first to get candy! Another group came after 8:30, when I had brought in the pumpkin and turned out the lights. I was surprised when the doorbell rang, and three kids stood there. I turned on the light and said, “Sorry, we closed up for the night!” and they held out their bags and said, “Well, trick-or-treat.” So I went back to the kitchen, got some candy, and gave it out. Mind you, I’m at the top of a hill — who goes up the top of a hill when the lights are out!? I closed the door, turned off the light again, and a few minutes later, at 9 pm, a knock on the door – an grossly overweight mom with a 2 year old saying, “Hey, we walked all the way up this hill for treats!” I looked at her and said, “Uh, the lights were OFF — that means we were done!” “Oh, but he’ll be so disappointed!” Heck, the kid was almost sound asleep — the only one that was going to be disappointed was his mother, who was eyeing the Reese’s Cups and practically salivating.

Sheesh!

LM

November 1st, 2011
11:14 am

Fred, I guess my mom is one of those selfish old ladies. Or maybe trying to go up and down the stairs since the entry way is halfway between the upstairs living area, and the downstairs laundry/grarage. At 78 with many physical issues the constant up and down stairs is too much for her. Now she could put a basket of candy outside with a note to please take one piece, but that only last about 15 minutes until the kids start grabbing handfuls and it is gone.

There are always many sides to why someone does what they do. Yes I am sure some just don’t want to hand out candy. But maybe some can’t afford it in this economy, or there are other reason besides being lazy.

Denise

November 1st, 2011
12:55 pm

MJG – YOU may not be into sweets, but my coworkers and I LOVED the truffles you gave me! :-) And I’m sure I used PLENTY of my WW points on them. :-)

Wayne

November 1st, 2011
2:06 pm

Halloween was canceled up here. Not sure if it’ll be rescheduled.

motherjanegoose

November 1st, 2011
3:06 pm

Denise….glad you enjoyed them…I hope to visit with you again!

DB…yep, some folks do not have a clue. We turned our lights off right before 9:00.
I put on my pajamas and the door bell rang with 2-3 year old and Mom at 9:10. Husband said loudly,
” we are finished for the night…sorry!’ BTW a neighborhood e-mail went out to say that trick or treat ended at 9:00.

Denise

November 1st, 2011
4:58 pm

MJG – I’m always up for dinner!

Ann

November 3rd, 2011
2:52 pm

I don’t know how it is on the calorie count, but I have discovered in recent months that, when I have a sweet craving, if I drink a small glass of 100% carrot juice, I no longer crave the sweet item. We make it fresh sometime, but I have found that Trader Joe’s has the best size carton, a medium size one, that gets used up before the expiration date without wasting any. They have both organic and non-organic cartons at a pretty good price. Some other stores have organic cartons that are too large and more costly or too small and not the best bang for your buck.

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7:37 pm

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