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Core lunches

 New user, quick bio:

Lost 30 pounds with ww a year and a half ago. Became a lifetime member, moved to a new city, and stopped going to meetings. Maintained weight for over a year (woot woot!). Various stresses have occured in my life over the last 3-4 months and I've gained about 10 pounds. A little frustrating, but that's life. 

Anyway, before that 10 turns into 30, I need to get back on track! I'm doing core, which I'm not sure even exists as a plan anymore (weight watchers always seems to be updating/modifying their plans), but that's what I lost weight with before, so I figure I'd just start it back up.

The problem: I can't remember what I ate! Breakfast is simple and I have a ww cookbook for dinner recipes, but I really can't remember what I used to eat for lunch on core. So, ideas? 

I'm willing to spend a couple of flex points on lunch (2-3) per day because I am very active and earn quite a few activity points, but ideally the meal would be fully core. It needs to be something I can bring to work with me, or I can buy at a chain-type restaurant (subway, etc.). 

I'm sure you all get this question a lot, so I apologize if this sounds repetative. A link to a similar past question would do just fine! 




I wasn't really inspired to post my results last week because I gained (never, ever eat pork for dinner the day before...eeeeevil)... But we had our meeting today and I lost 2.8! This puts me at a total of 40.8 lost!! I'm so excited! 9.2 pounds until I've lost 50 total, AND I'll be under 200!!!

I am going on vacation next Thursday for about 12 days, though, and I'm guessing I'll probably gain a little from that. I'm not really going to be able to cook my meals (I'm doing Simply Filling/Core, so I almost never eat out), but I'm going to try to stay as active as I can. I want to enjoy my vacation without freaking out constantly.

Also, for those who commented on my last post, interested in the clothing, I need to get the pictures up online. I'll probably just make a public post in my own journal (so-as not to spam here) with the pictures. I'll post in here when they're available. :D

Must share a recipe, too:

Cornbread (Simply Filling/Core)

* 1 cup yellow cornmeal
* 1 teaspoon baking powder
* 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/3 cup Splenda granular
* 2/3 cup fat free sugar free yogurt
* 1/3 cup nonfat sour cream
* 1 egg

Mix dry ingredients in a medium bowl.

Mix liquid ingredients in a small bowl.

Gently fold the wet into the dry. Pour into a round cake pan, sprayed with Pam. Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until the edges are a golden brown and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cut into 6 wedges.

Instead of a round cake pan, I usually make it in a 9x5 inch pan so it's thicker and slices like actual bread. Tastes like it was made with fresh sweet corn! I sometimes indulge in a few points by adding some honey, but it's also wonderful plain. It goes really well with split pea soup.

Question about dried fruits...

Are any of you doing the Core/Simply Filling part of the plan? If so, I have a question for you.

Why are dried fruits not Core/Simply Filling? I understand if there are added sugars and things, then they would not fit into the plan. However, I've found some dried fruits (e.g., figs, dates, etc.) that say there are no additives - they're just the fruits. They aren't "mainstream" brands or anything that I can look up in the complete food guide. I've just been assuming that they're fine.

I also found some freeze-dried corn at the Health Food Store that the only ingredient IS the corn. Same with apples, pineapples, blueberries, etc. (see http://www.justtomatoes.com/). I've been assuming these are ok, too?

As long as there aren't additives, do you think they're ok?


question about core

What the heck happened to the core program?

I was going to rejoin and I hear that the core program is no longer available?

I seriously can not do points, it does my head in and now it makes me not want to rejoin it. I call the lady on the phone and she was basically a jerk.

Any of you still doing core?

Weight Watchers points or Weight Watchers core - that is the question!

I'm torn. Way torn. I love protein but I also need some carbs.

What is easier to do - core or points?

In college I knew people that did points but didn't count fruit, as they said "who gets fat on veggies and fruits?" so I figure that's cool, I can eat a lot of that.  - core and points = fruit friendly.

The problem with Core is I need more than 5 points a day sugar/carb wise. I like some bred or some cereal. I like my apple juice or a little mocha frap.... but aren't meats hard to guess point wise?

If I do small points with a mocha frap (3 points) my sandwich (around 4) or cereal (around 4) - that's great for the point system.... but how many points is chicken or fish, can you eat your fair share on points? Steak I heard takes loads of points!

I have to figure out what I am doing by the end of the day!

So I have to learn how to cook

One of the reasons I gained 50 pounds is because NYC has delivery of many places til 2am. That said,

How do you guys prepare your meats, fish and chicken to be CORE but also tasty?

I am a fan of Spike, but oil/butter wise I guess I have to smarten up.

Anything that helps you really enjoy the taste?

So let me get this straight.... CORE PLAN

you can eat lean meats, fish, chicken - as long it's prepared in like a chicken broth and not fried or oily
any type of fruit and veg as long as it's in natural form - no sugar or syrups
1! cup at most of skim milk a day

- so really as much fruit as a I want - I love bananas but I hear so much bad stuff about them!

what is this 1 pudding a day? Like a jello fat free cup o' pudding instead of the 1 cup of skim milk?
And if I want cereal it has to be like sticks and rocks or puffs, no  raisin bran with that 1 cup of skim milk?

quaker oats maple syrup and brown sugar - you go into the flex points!

Where the hell is this smoothie thing coming in?

I just started so I am so sorry to ask you guys this, just cant f this up. I keep waking up to stretch marks fo real!

What cooking spray do you guys recommend so I can eat my eggs butter free?
What sugar substitute?

Do any of you ever use agave sugar?

any salad dressing that's your fav?

thank you thank you thank you!

New to LJ

Well, hello!

I joined Weight Watchers Core yesterday and still taking it all in. I joined the online and I'm scared I'm going to mess it up.

My little facts

- I had prior to weight gain

1) So doing core, I've got 35 flex points to use on whatever I want I guess. But to make sure the rest is core - while using the website, if it has a check next to it, it's ok?

2) Any soups you recommend for Core? I'm a major fan of Hale and Hearty!

3) I assume butter is part of the 35 flex? I am a huge fan of my egg white sandwich in the morning with whole wheat bread, 3 egg whites, mayo and salt and pepper.

4) Core says you can have grains, but no bread (unless it's part of your flex points).

5) All fruits? Bananas? As much as I want? Can I then have freshly squeeze homemade OJ in the morning?

(BIG question) 6) What is the common mistakes people have with Core?

Any Core websites you guys recommend? Thanks!