Why WW’s Simply Filling Technique Works for Me
It is true that food tracking is the basis of most successful weight loss programs. Since this blog is about my journey, and this is “Confessions of a Baby Boomer Mermaid” I thought it time for me to own up and tell you that I have not been successful at tracking, but have, however, mastered the WW Simply Filling method. My meal plans are and always have been based on zero point foods, which back in 2012, when I joined WW, were called power foods. As I review that list now, it has become the zero point foods we all enjoy today on WW Freestyle, or the Blue or Purple plans as of last week. The philosophy behind Simply Filling is eat as much as you need, not as much as you want. And there in lies the key for me. It did take me 3 years to lose 50 lbs. I was definitely part of the turtle club. But slow and steady did win the race for me. 5 years later, my weight is still off, and I am confident in sharing my journey and meal prep ideas with you.
The reason I found out about Simply Filling was Peggy. Peggy is this wonderful woman who manned the weigh booths for many years at our 7:30 am Saturday morning meetings. I was expressing my frustration about tracking to her, and she confessed to me that she had lost all of her weight using Simply Filling. It changed my whole perspective, and to this day, and grateful to Peggy. And by the way, we all miss you at the meetings, Peggy.
The first major change I made in my eating habits was adding either fruits or vegetables to every single meal or snack. I still do that today. The thing that took so long to click for me was the part about eating just as much as I needed vs how much I wanted. If you go back into the archives in the blog you will find “The Comfort Zone”. This is an old school chart that our coach, the great Amy B. brings in every year. It is a great illustrated reminder of how important it is to keep ourselves in the zone between being slightly hungry, sated, and not stuffed.
For today’s meal prep I decided on a chicken curry stew of sorts. I had a box of the packaged vegetable tikka masala in my cabinet that I had bought at the WW workshop on sale some time ago. The box contained 3 single serve pouches which are 160 calories/ 3 points each. In my slow cooker today I incorporated 2 of those pouches, a little chicken broth, just over a pound of chicken breast, about a half cup of red lentils that I also had in the cabinet, and fresh baby spinach. I cooked this all together on high for about 2 1/2 hours. My house smelled so good. I shredded the chicken, when it came out of the pot, and re-placed it back into the curry mixture.
Breakfast is another version of my egg white veggie fritatta. I had fresh mushrooms in the house, and the fresh spinach I bought for the curry, so I sauteed the mushroom with diced red onion in about a teaspoon of good olive oil. I seasoned the vegetables with salt, freshly ground black pepper, and a little of Trader Joe’s Umami seasoning. I tossed the cooked veggies in with the spinach, liquid egg whites, flaxseed meal, and chia seeds that I always add for the health benefits. AND I added a special treat for myself – I tore in 1 slice of Trader Joe’s Lite Jarlsberg cheese, which is 50 calories/ 1 point for the entire recipe, which will be breakfast for the week.
Thank you for stopping by today. I hope that I have inspired you to think about what is working and not working for you in your own program, whatever that may be. Seek out advice, or research alternatives on the interwebs. The most important thing is to remember WHY you started in the first place. Remember too, that if you focus only on results you’ll never see change. Focus on change, and you will see results.
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