Friday, April 25, 2008

Walking off the Weight ... for Autism

My family and I are participating in Autism Speaks Walk Now for Autism to raise money and awareness of autistic disorders. My son has PDD-NOS and it is very difficult to understand his condition and get him the help he needs. Please help if you can. Thanks.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Girl Scout Cookies vs. Weight Watchers Snacks

The other day at work we got into the last of the Girl Scout cookies. I told my friend that Weight Watchers makes a snack bar that is very similar to the thin mints that I love. This got me curious and so I broke out the points calculator. The cookies had 3 points for 4 cookies and the WW chocolate mint snack bar had 2 points for one bar. Then came the clincher. After reading the ingredients, the cookies seem healthier and more wholesome than the chemical laden overpriced Weight Watchers products IMHO. Cookies taste better too. Just watch those portions and count your points and you too can eat yummy Girl Scout cookies on the Weight Watchers plan.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Lean Cuisine Thai Chicken Tastes Like Crap!

I know, I know... I was raving about Lean Cuisine's 3 point herbed chicken the other day. I tried another frozen entree, the Thai Chicken, which has 4-points and I thought I was going to hurl. Yes, it is that bad. The smell even turned my stomach.

I'm going back to the salad bar.

Monday, April 14, 2008

The Skinny on 3 Point Entrees

Well today was one of those Mondays where I was so busy at work that I had to skip my Weight Watchers meeting and just eat a TV dinner at my desk. This is the third week in a row where I could not stay for the meeting. Bummer... I did go downstairs and weigh in though. I'm maintaining.

Anyhoo, my lunch hit me with some surprising good news. My TV dinner was only 3 Weight Watchers points. I couldn't believe it. These are usually 5 or 6 points and sometimes a 4 pointer if I want to starve myself. I had the herb chicken and it was really good. Actually, one of the best frozen entrees I have tried. By skipping the pasta and doubling up on the veggies they finally figured it out. I've noticed that some of their entrees are also featuring whole grain pasta. This will boost the fiber and knock down the points. Seems that Lean Cuisine has beaten Weight Watchers at its own game and has come up with several three-point entrees.

Chicken Marsala

Roasted, seasoned chicken breast in a rich Marsala wine sauce with tender mushrooms and a side dish of carrots and green beans.

Herb Roasted Chicken
An herb roasted marinated chicken breast topped with a creamy basil, garlic and mushroom sauce. Accompanied by roasted redskin potatoes, broccoli and red bell peppers, in a savory sauce.

Garlic Beef and Broccoli
Beef steak with broccoli, water chestnuts and yellow carrots in an asian- style garlic sauce.

Roasted Turkey & Vegetables
Tender roasted turkey and mushrooms in a traditional home-style gravy accompanied by a vegetable medley of hand-picked green beans with accents of red peppers.

So next time when you are hitting those 2 point snacks, remember it may just be lunchtime and try the herbed chicken. You'll love it.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Fill her up

Just a random tip I picked up from A reader asked why she was always hungry on Weight Watchers and only lost a few pounds. The advice to her was to look at how she was reaching her point allowance and suggested foods with more water content (grapes instead of raisins, for example) and eat less bag foods like those 100 calorie snacks, which should be reserved for killing your cravings. Veggies, proteins and high fiber foods will fill you up on less points than carbs. Good advice.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Drinking Your Vegetables - Smoothie Recipe

Here is a recipe for "Sweet Green" from Rob Paulos of Zero to Hero Fitness. It's a simple smoothie you can make at home in your blender with these basic but healthy ingredients:

1. 1 cup of water
2. 1/2 cup of soy milk, almond milk, OR non fat milk
3. 1 small to medium banana
4. 1 apple OR pear (with skin)
5. 2 cups frozen spinach OR broccoli
6. 1 tablespoon of flaxseed

Blend for 60 seconds and enjoy!

This delicious wonder packs loads of fat burning micronutrients plus healthy carbs, protein, healthy fats...and most importantly those green veggies...and all in just about 320 calories!

Friday, April 4, 2008

Original Lyrics by Beatles at Northwestern's Music Library

A great bit of Beatles history on display at Northwestern University in my neighborhood, Evanston, IL. The collection includes the handwritten lyrics of 7 Beatles songs: Eleanor Rigby, Good Day Sunshine, For No One, The Word, I’m Only Sleeping, And Your Bird Can Sing and Yellow Submarine (c. 1966). Come see them. - Kat from

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(edit: ok, it may seem weird that an piece about the Beatle exhibit appeared here, but I dugg (digged?) an article I ran across and clicked a blog button and it magically appeared here and not on, my other blog. Everyone loves The Beatles, right?)

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Kat's NOT Fat!!!
Here is my updated weight tracker

A gal at work who I hadn't seen in several months noticed my weight loss. I wanted to purr... Kats like strokes. ;-)