Social Group for Weight Watchers and Friends

I’m truly pleased to invite you to participate in a Meetup group one of my members, Jessica, is forming. Cards, Chow, and Cathy (Comics) will be meeting Saturday, November 9, at Café Express on North Lamar near 34th Street. Please see the Meetup site for more details as

Photo from Great @ Training

Photo from Great @ Training

well as to RSVP.

I’m excited about opportunities to build our network of friends supporting friends on this

journey. Jessica is truly sweet and enthusiastic about bringing people together.

Do you have questions for Jessica? Post them in the comments section below, and she’ll answer them!

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My Tool for Success: Simply Filling

This week in meetings we’re talking about the tools that Lifetime members use for ongoing success. Mine is the Simply Filling technique. I love being able to eat the amount I need of delicious, whole foods without worrying about counting PointsPlus Values (PPVs).

Photo from WAKEDR

Photo from WAKEDR

Simply Filling is an alternative to the tracking we do in Weight Watchers. When I follow Simply Filling, I eat to my satisfaction (not until I’m stuffed to the gills!) from the Weight Watchers Power Foods. There are many things about Simply Filling that I love. It encourages me to make the best choices possible. I have to think hard about whether I want to indulge in non-Power Food choices, and I make those choices count! Continue reading

Use Your Full Circle of Support and Lose More!

Remember learning about what the 360 in Weight Watchers 360 means? Hint: 360 degrees make up a circle. We have a circle of support with Weight Watchers, one that includes eTools, the mobile app, meetings, an 800 number, and social media. There’s8XWW a reason we have all these tools available to you, and a recent study shows that people who take full advantage of all these tools lose far more weight—an average of eight times more weight!—than those who try to go it alone. Additionally, people in the study who attended meetings at least 50 percent of the time, accessed eTools, and used the mobile app lost an average of 19 pounds during the 6-month study, compared with an average of 9 pounds for those who only used one of the three tools and an average of just over a pound for people trying to lose weight using just printed information.

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No to Go: My Continuing Journey Back from Injury

The author on the eve of a metric century ride in support of breast cancer organizations

The author on the eve of a metric century ride in support of breast cancer organizations

This past June 30, I experienced a life-changing split second. In the blink of an eye, I was transformed from a distance cyclist in training, enjoying a downhill coast, to an invalid, facedown on the pavement, looking at my misshapen wrist and asking passersby to call 911 and my partner, Roy. A driver turned left into me (the driver is liable for damages), and I went flying. Though the impact gave me a concussion, chipped my left knee, ripped my left meniscus and knee cartilage, bruised my left shin bone, and broke my right wrist, I was lucid enough to ask the paramedics to make sure my ActiveLink made it into the ambulance with me. I suspected I was not going to be using it for a while, but I hoped I’d be back before too long. Continue reading

On the Web: 12 Ways to Lose Weight for Good (These May Be Familiar)

I’m always looking for good stuff about healthy living on the web. Some things are, well, lame. You know they don’t work, but people keep touting a mesmerizing panoply of get-skinny-quick schemes that may require an investment in materials, days of sub-par mental and physical function, and have an astounding boomerang effect: The weight you lose comes back just as quickly, and then some.

Some good advice from the blog Defying Lupus

Some good advice from the blog Defying Lupus

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Wrap it Up! A Quick, Healthy Supper

I cannot spare the time to tell you how busy my life gets. I don’t think I have to, given the sporadic nature of blog updates this season. Sure, I have a decent excuse (two months of recovery from my cycling accident), but, in the interest of making the most of the little time I do have, it’s best when I discover or create dishes that are extremely quick and extremely tasty. I’m not talking picking up the phone and calling for a pizza, mind you, but I do have a recipe here that takes probably less time than waiting for that pizza, plus it’s FAR better for you! Continue reading