Wow—tracking really DOES work!

It is 9:48pm. I just sat down at the computer to enter the four Go Lightly “Sugar Free” (therefore guilt free, right?) Fudgie Rolls… and to my surprise realized that I had just downed 3 points. I thought that I was being so “good” eating these instead of the true love of my life… real Tootsie Rolls. (sigh) As part of the new 2013 me, I signed up for my free Lifetime member ETools online account, and have been looking up points (horrifying!) and trying to track most of what I’m eating. (I usually loosely follow the Simply Filling technique.) This is after having to try four of the “Crunchies” (South African traditional oatmeal cookies) that I made today… which sent me on a slippery slope of sorts. I was trying out a new version of the recipe, and as I have mentioned before—it’s when things I make don’t turn out perfect that I just can’t stop eating them. Self torture! Why is that?? Let me just try one more to make sure that’s not exactly how they should be! And why is it that I always cave RIGHT before I have some big event and really need to be pulling it together? (See family Bar Mitzvah in Vegas in… THREE DAYS!) And of course, my sick toddler prevented me from working out today (really)… and now I feel kind of like a blob. This was not the plan! Thank G-d for spanx! The moral of the story… Track, track, and track!!! I will now go to bed before I eat anything else… Goodnight. And Happy Tracking! With Love,...

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Costco Food Finds: Turkey Stuffed Peppers & Coach’s Oats
Jan02

Costco Food Finds: Turkey Stuffed Peppers & Coach’s Oats

I am happy to report that I have had one successful day back on program! (Weight Watcher’s PointsPlus/Simply Filling Technique.) We took a walk with our toddler, and I also got on the treadmill for 20 minutes—while I practiced singing “Somewhere That’s Green” for my audition in two days for my little one’s school Purim play. Haven’t done an audition in about twenty years and haven’t sung in public for about four years, so to say I’m terrified would be an understatement! Click here to hear Orna’s album The Very Thought of You on iTunes >>  Anyway… I digress. Breakfast: Coach’s Oat’s. You can find them at Costco or online >> My girlfriend, Sloane, turned me onto these yummy oats. Developed by an actual “coach”—who knew? They have the same nutty texture and nutritious value as Steel Cut Oats, but cook in 5 minutes. They remind me a bit of oatbran, but with more texture, depending on how long you cook them. Fav new breakfast! And my toddler can’t get enough of them. Add a little fat free milk or soy milk for a fabulous Weight Watchers Simple Start Breakfast. 4 Weight Watchers PointsPlus for 1/3 cup dry. Click here  for more info on Weight Watchers Simple Start >>   Dinner: Delicious Meal Mart Turkey Stuffed Peppers from Costco.   Four peppers in the container, stuffed with ground turkey and soy protein concentrate. I love that don’t have any rice in them—just high protein, low-fat, non-dairy and satisfying as could be. One pepper is 6 PointsPlus Points. 245 calories 7g fat 26g carbohydrate 1g fiber Hubby gets three of the four little balls of turkey, I get one of them plus most of the peppers. Just add a little Lawry’s Seasoning Salt to boost the flavor. For him: Rice on the side For me: Big green salad with olive oil and seasoned rice vinegar. I’m thinking this probably doesn’t fit strictly into the Power Foods category, but I am counting it as one—as part of my Simply Filling (non-point-counting) day! (If I had to tell you what my dinners have consisted of for the past few weeks for dinner, you’ll understand!) Let me know if you try either of these and what you think! Click here for Costco Shopping List (with Weight Watchers Power Foods and PointsPlus values) >> Click here for Orna’s Weight Loss Journey >>...

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I fell off the wagon!

There. I said it. I can’t believe that I did exactly what I swore I would never do again Why is it that even though I am 42 years old, when my family come back into town, I revert back to the little girl who used to comfort herself with food. Can you relate? I know ALL the things I should and shouldn’t be doing, and how sorry I will be that I let myself go like this. I let all the old habits creep back up on me—one. by. one. But I know that beating up on myself isn’t going to help at all. Right now is the time for kindness and forgiveness and looking forward. And I am so ready!! I will confess that I am planning a fabulous going out party tonight (aka “last supper”) at Cafe Firenze—Fabio Viviani of Top Chef fame’s restaurant! In the meantime, I’ve been going through the new Weight Watchers Points Plus program and underlining all the things I’ve been eating. (Scary!) Just found out that two pieces of chocolate is 4 points. Oy! This is after my dad brought SLABS of Top Deck from South Africa. (If you don’t know what that is you’re better off!) I see now why my pants don’t fit. Well… the chocolate is definitely not the only culprit. My Weight Watchers History I lost 35 pounds on Weight Watchers—though I used to be about 70 pounds heavier than I am now—on the old Points program, and then maintained on the Core Plan (basically Simply Filling). I never took the time to learn the new Points Plus program. But now I figure I need to actually study the new program and give it all I’ve got. I’m still planning on doing the Simply Filling for the most part (which is how I’ve lived my life for many years now) but in order to be properly accountable and in control of what I’m eating, I need to count the glass of wine and all the other things I’m eating that are not Power Foods. And not just allow every weekend to be a slippery slope. Now that I’m up a few pounds I don’t have that luxury! Especially since we have a family Bar Mitzvah in Vegas in 19 days—gasp! I am trying not to be totally mad at myself and just do what I have to do and pray that I fit into the tiny silk dress that I already felt naked in when I purchased it three months ago. Right now I am WAY too terrified to even try it on. But tomorrow is a new day....

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Fantastic Fresh Fish in Oxnard, CA

We came across a real gem in Oxnard yesterday and I just had to share! Fishermen’s Catch, Oxnard, California 805-985-6200 1185 S. Victoria Oxnard, CA 93035 My brother, Gary, who is visiting from San Diego, CA, had some recollection of going to a fish market in the Oxnard Harbor years ago, and thought it would be a fun family outing to take a drive and walk around the harbor, and just “find a place” to get fresh fish and chips. Maybe not the best choice two days before Christmas, with a 50% chance of rain. This was the car ride from hell. In trying not to be my usual control-freak self, I didn’t check my toddler’s car seat (since I didn’t put her in myself), and the straps were totally twisted. This is probably why her head was bobbing up and down like a bobble-head doll in the bumper to bumper, stop-start, jerky drive! Holding her head upright while she napped did not help the tingling sensation I have had in my back for the last few weeks. (Though I did appreciate not having to listen to her whining the whole way there.) So on one side I had the bobble-head-toddler, and on the other side an extremely grumpy husband. (I convinced him that we should schlepp out there, even though he insisted it would be cold and rainy and was a bad idea.) He didn’t even have to say “I told you so,” as the GPS took us on a 45 minute detour off the freeway in the freezing rain—after the hour and a half of bumper to bumper traffic on the freeway. Not fun. The first place to come up in a Google search was Sea Fresh. It looked pretty good, but not quite what my brother remembered. According to the owner, the fish market that my brother was thinking of was so dirty, that some folks he had directed there a few weeks ago returned to eat at his restaurant instead. A couple of locals who were walking into Moqueca—the Brazilian restaurant (which they raved about) on top of Sea Fresh—gave us very vague directions to a “Fisherman’s Market.”  After some research on my iPhone—with 1% of battery power totally stressing me out—we figured that they must have been talking about Fishermen’s Catch in Seabridge Marketplace, Channel Islands. We, of course, managed to get lost—mostly because the address on google is incorrect. (See below) When we FINALLY pulled up—after being on the road for hours, everyone grumpy and irritable—I was really disappointed to find the final destination in a strip mall, next to a Coffee Bean....

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The New Weight Watchers 360° Program—16 Routines that will change your life

I went to a Weight Watchers meeting today to hear about the new program (released this week), and also to put a stop to all the bodily and mental abuse that’s been going on in my house (aka my body). If you’ve been following my blog you will see that I’ve been doing a LOT of baking, and it seems that the more unsuccessful the item I have made the more of it I have to ingest! Why is that? And this coming from me—who used to drill into my Weight Watchers members heads not to eat anything that wasn’t “worthy.” I heard many times that members would hear me in their heads asking if something was “worthy” or not. So… I was ecstatic to see that Weight Watchers is finally pushing this part of the program—the behavior aspect and the science of why we lose control and overeat. Which in my humble opinion is what it’s ALL about! (Any monkey can count points.) I LOVE the 16 Routines – on page 25 of their introductory booklet. This is basically how I have lived my life for the last ten years, and how I have maintained my weight loss. Eat veggies or fruit with every meal and snack. Before you leave the house make sure you have a healthy snack with you. Eat breakfast every day. Know what you’re having for lunch. After each meal and snack, decide how many PointsPlus values you’ll use for your next meal or snack. Eat all your meals at a table. Put your fork down or take a sip of water after each bite. Eat all your meals free of distraction (e.g., not while watching TV, reading, in front of a computer, using your smartphone.) Before eating anything, ask yourself, “Is this worth the PointsPlus value?” (See—my old adage that has made ALL the difference) Get up and walk at least five minutes each hour. Know how you’re going to be active tomorrow. Always have comfortable shoes with you. Identify tasks you now do sitting and do them standing or pacing. Wait several minutes before reaching for seconds. Wear an activity monitor all day, every day. Get 7 – 8 hours of quality sleep every night. I was already inspired today, just from going to the meeting; instead of driving my three-year-old to the park I walked all the way up the huge hill to get there and had her dropped off. (She made it about half way home before I had to call for a ride!) I had forgotten about all the little things I used to do every day to feel and...

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Orna’s Curried Veggies
Oct16

Orna’s Curried Veggies

This dish was inspired by the beautiful japanese eggplant and zucchini I found at the Tapia Brothers Pumpkin Patch in Encino. My first request when my dad comes to visit from South Africa is for my curry powder. Ok, the truth is, it comes a very close second… right after my Cadbury Top Deck and Cote D’or Bouchées. (If you don’t know what these two are you’re probably better off!) “Curry” is not necessarily synonymous with “spicy”. It is just a flavor which comes from a mix of spices (coriander, turmeric, red pepper, cumin, etc.) and you get many different types of “curry” dishes. I have such fond memories of going to the Oriental Plaza —the bustling Indian Market in Johannesburg—with my mother. I would happily tag along as she picked up fresh spices and magnificent fabrics, and then she would treat me to a fresh, hot samosa. (We pronounced it “samoosa”.) I don’t even know what spices exactly are in this fantabulous blend of curry-goodness that my dad gets custom-made by his special Indian lady, and shleps 10,000 miles for me. But when my nose comes anywhere near the bag, I literally start to salivate and daydream about what I can make with it. You, of course, don’t have to import custom-made curry from South Africa, but can buy any brand of yellow curry powder (Indian, not Thai) from your local grocery store. Even Trader Joe’s has a good curry blend. The first time I made curry for Sam (the husband), I didn’t fish out all the leaves, twigs and seeds, and he didn’t appreciate the “texture” of the dish. So I now strain it. But don’t worry, the kind you buy in the supermarket is just plain, simple powder. I’m sure the fancy, authentic Indian chefs would frown on me using ketchup and sugar in my recipe, and not cooking the spices first to bring out the flavor. But sometimes you don’t want to go to all that trouble, and this is healthy and super-delicious without all the work. Please try it and let me know how you do! Orna’s Curried Veggies Mild or spicy but always tasty! Notes: If you don’t like spicy food don’t worry, this will just be tasty but it won’t be hot. If you prefer more spice add 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes. Japanese eggplant is smaller and more tender than regular eggplant, so it won’t be bitter, and you’ll have less of the middle, pulpy part when you cut it up into small pieces. You can also use Chinese or Italian eggplant. Don’t cut up the eggplant until you are ready to...

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