Weight Watchers Gleamings

Foods to Try:
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Mashed Cauliflower
  • Roasted Veggies
  • Light Zucchini Fries
    • Preheat oven to 425*F.  Coat baking sheet with olive oil cooking spray.  In small bowl, mix 1 tsp Italian seasoning, 1 1/2 tbsp flour, and 3/4 tsp salt.  Place 3/4 cup dried bread crumbs in another small bowl.  Cut 2 zucchini in half crosswise, then cut each half into 8 pieces lengthwise.  Dredge pieces in flour mixture, then dip into 2 large egg whites whipped until frothy; dredge in dried bread crumbs.  Place zucchini on prepared baking sheet; coat with olive oil cooking spray.  Roast, turning once, until desired crispness, about 12 minutes.
  • Avocados + Sugar + Cocoa Powder = Healthy Chocolate Pudding
  • Sprinkle sugar on a Mango and place it in the broiler for an easy and light Brulee
  • Leaving the nut in the avocado keeps it from browning as quickly.
  • Vegetarians tend to weight less than meat-eaters: Go meatless by eating Dairy, Beans, Eggs, Nuts, Soy, and Whole Grains.
  • Try cooking with garlic.
  • Sweet Potatoes as Ravioli
Exercises to Try:
  • Stability Ball Exercises-
    • Rolls - Lie back on floor, arms by your sides, feet on top of the ball.  Press into the ball with your feet and slowly pull the ball toward you buttocks, exhaling as you go.  Inhale as you return to start. Works: Thighs
    • Crunches - Sit on the ball and roll down, walking your feet out in front, until your lower back rests on the ball.  Bring elbows out to sides and touch your ears.  Exhale and crunch forward slowly, squeezing your abs and keeping space between your chin and chest.  Inhale as you return to start.  Works: Abs and Back
    • Flys - With a dumbbell in each hand, lie with your upper back on the stability ball; keep your legs wide and feet flat on the floor.  Bring arms up over chest, palms in, elbows slightly bent.  Inhale while lowering dumbbells out to sides.  Slowly bring the dumbbells back to the start, exhaling as you go.  Works: Chest, Shoulders, and Triceps
  • Find some out of the ordinary work outs to spice things up psychologically and physically: Extreme Ironing or total house clean for example.
  • Strength training builds muscle, which weighs more than fat, but will leave your clothes fitting looser.  Also, the more muscle you have the more fat you'll burn.
Great Advice:
  • Be your own best friend - Post motivational quotes or sayings around your home in places you'll see them often.
  • Remember how far you've come - Look at past photos and count every victory no matter how small.
  • "Never give up on a dream just because of the length of time it will take to accomplish it.  The time will pass anyway." - H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  • "A year from now you'll wish you had started today." - Unknown
  • If the numbers start to creep back up, go back to measuring everything you eat.  Over time our eyeballed portions begin to get larger and larger.
  • Play card games at dinner.  It takes your mind off the food, allows you to eat slower and actually feel full when you are... not 10 minutes {and a pound of food} later, and it makes dinnertime into a nice little date.
  • Weight Watcher power foods, certain fruits, veggies, and lean proteins, will keep you fuller longer and give you more energy.  Spread them out during the day.