A Day of Eats

Yesterday I woke up feeling really sick. Runny nose, sore throat, itchy ears, achy, sneezing, gross. Stay away. Smile

I ended up taking a sick day from work, but even though I was feeling pretty ill, my appetite remained pretty normal. I know a lot of people don’t have much of an appetite when they’re sick or in the summer heat, or so I hear, but that never happens to me. Rather than sulk all day, I decided it would be a good take to take photos of everything I ate so that you can see how I use my 29 pts+ to the fullest.

Even if you’re not a WWer, I think it’s good to see how following the WW plan really does NOT (have to) leave you deprived at all. The following was my 29 pt+ day, which is “weight loss mode.” I’ve been aiming to eat 29 pts+ on most regular days when I don’t have extra stuff going on (happy hour, work parties, etc). You can read about my reasons for doing this here, even though I’m technically in maintenance mode.

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Yesterday started off with a staple breakfast for me at 9:30am:

A toasted bagel thin (3 pts+) with 20 grams peanut flour (2 pts+) mixed with water and stevia to make peanut butter, plus a sliced banana (0 pts+). I normally have this same combo with a whole wheat English muffin a few times a week, but I have bagel thins in my freezer I’m trying to use up! I also had a huge mug of English breakfast tea with lemon, but my normal morning beverage is coffee.

At 11:30am, I had a small snack:

A super juicy peach (0 pts+).

Then, it was time for lunch around 12:30ish. Since I wasn’t feeling so hot Monday night, I didn’t get around to making the collard wraps, but it’s so simple that I decided to make the wraps for lunch yesterday instead. I blended up 1/2 cup chickpeas (3 pts+) with 1 tsp olive oil (1 pt+), garlic, lemon juice, salt, and a touch of water to make a homemade hummus, and divided that mixture between 3 wraps with extra spinach and tomato.

Collard Wrap Lunch

Three wraps for 4 pts+ total – not bad! I also had a smoothie:

With 1 cup skim milk (2 pts), half a frozen banana, a handful of frozen strawberries, a handful of baby spinach, and 1 packet of stevia. I also added 1/4 cup water while it was blending because it needed more liquid, but the smoothie ending up being 2pts+ total.

Yum. Wish I could eat lunch at home more often. Smile

Around 3:15, it was time for a snack.

100 calorie mini bag of popcorn (3 pts+). These were on sale for $2/box and I couldn’t resist…

Dinner was around 6:45/7:00pm, and I started off with two cups of potato leek soup from my freezer that I made a few months ago.

Topped with a little ground pepper, and this bowl was 4 pts+ total.

I had a hankering for mac and cheese, so I decided to do some digging in my pantry/freezer and come up with something to fill the void.

I’m not sure exactly what to call it, but I cooked up two servings of orzo (from the pantry), added in cauliflower (freezer), tomatoes, basil (freezer), garlic (freezer), and some salt and pepper. I added in 1 oz of part-skim shredded mozzarella, divided it between two casseroles, and put it into the oven to bake. It turned out DELICIOUS.

8 pts+ total because I added 1 tbsp panko crumbs (1 pt+) and extra cheese (1 pt+) to that one. I’m looking forward to leftovers for lunch!

Dessert was a frozen strawberry fruit bar from Whole Foods.

These are SO good, and just 3 pts+ each. That rounded out my 29 pts+ perfectly!

Here’s the breakdown:

    • Breakfast: 5 pts+
    • Lunch: 6 pts+
    • Snack: 3 pts+
    • Dinner: 12 pts+
    • Dessert: 3 pts+
    • Total: 29pts+

While I would say these eats are pretty standard, my lunches and dinners do tend to change a lot so there’s not really a “typical” day for me. I am pretty boring with breakfasts – what you see above, greek yogurt, smoothies, or oats – but lunches and dinners change up daily and I don’t repeat things too often to keep it interesting.

What about you? Do you tend to eat the same things day after day or change it up a lot? How often do you try new recipes?

70 Comments on A Day of Eats

  1. Sara
    August 10, 2011 at 8:35 am (9 years ago)

    Quick question – I was told in WW meetings that if you make a smoothie with fruit the points value for fruit is no longer 0 and you have to use the recipe builder to find the actual points for it…is my leader pulling my leg or am I way off?

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    • Beth
      August 10, 2011 at 9:34 am (9 years ago)

      That is a GREAT question. I think there are two different camps on the issue. What I do (and I’m not saying this is the RIGHT way, its just what works for me!) is count fruits and veggies when I cook them in something. If I am eating them raw in a smoothie, I don’t count them. If you wanted to count them, you can make a recipe and add in all the ingredients you’re using. Since I’m not doing anything to alter the fruits and veggies besides blending them up (which actually adds air and therefore makes them more filling) I don’t count them, but I don’t think there’s really a right answer so to speak.

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      • Sara
        August 10, 2011 at 9:52 am (9 years ago)

        Yeah I don’t really know what is right either. What I was told was that any alteration of fruit (blending, cooking, baking) means the fruit is no longer 0 points. I’m not sure why a smoothie and blending would alter fruit so much that it changes composition but I think like in all WW practices, consistency is just what you need to do. I’m just counting only raw fruits as 0 since everything else seems to confuse me 😛

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        • Beth
          August 10, 2011 at 9:54 am (9 years ago)

          The only thing is that blending doesn’t change the composition at all – – its still the whole fruit with everything in it blended together. I can see how juicing alters the points because you take out the pulp/extra fiber, and cooking alters the composition, but blending just alters the shape! =)

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          • Sara
            August 10, 2011 at 9:56 am (9 years ago)

            Good point! and I agree with you 🙂 …just will have to keep it to myself if I get a new blender (I broke mine…it was a tragic and odd day) and make any smoothies with fresh fruit 😉 Glad someone else agrees with me on the smoothie front though!

  2. Cait @ Beyond Bananas
    August 10, 2011 at 8:37 am (9 years ago)

    Great eats Beth. I tend to have similar breakfasts and lunches – but my dinners, snacks and desserts are usually different 🙂

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    • Beth
      August 10, 2011 at 9:35 am (9 years ago)

      I tend to go through phases where my snacks are the same for a week at a time, but then I change it up week to week.

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  3. Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me
    August 10, 2011 at 8:48 am (9 years ago)

    I make new recipes many times a week. I tend to get bored with the same meals over and over. But lunch is typically leftovers from the previous nights dinner and breakfast is some form of cereal. So my breakfast and lunch are usually the boring stuff but I make up for it at dinner. 🙂

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    • Beth
      August 10, 2011 at 9:35 am (9 years ago)

      I do the same thing with leftovers for lunch the next day almost always. If I don’t eat them, I’ll freeze them and then have a homemade frozen meal ready to go!

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  4. Lynn
    August 10, 2011 at 8:50 am (9 years ago)

    Delurking to say “hi” and hope that you’re feeling better soon. 🙂

    I had previous success losing a lot of weight with WWs but ended up regaining some… This past week I rejoined WWs Online and so far so good. If you eat healthy clean foods then your daily points really do go a long way.

    I love reading meal posts like this, I’m always looking to for ideas, recipes etc, so thanks for sharing!

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    • Beth
      August 10, 2011 at 9:51 am (9 years ago)

      Thanks for delurking! I’ve never tried WW online only, but I do use the e-tools daily and they are great!

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  5. Jenny
    August 10, 2011 at 9:09 am (9 years ago)

    My breakfasts and lunches are usually about the same (I have three or four things I change around) , but I change my dinner and snacks very frequently because I get bored with the same thing over and over.

    I LOVE your recipes, I’ve used several of them and all have turned out super delish!! I’m always looking for new recipes. Keep up the great work!!

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    • Beth
      August 10, 2011 at 9:58 am (9 years ago)

      Aww thanks! So glad you’ve been trying them. I have a blast coming up with them myself and it keeps my eats interesting too!

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  6. Laurie Levine
    August 10, 2011 at 9:10 am (9 years ago)

    I hope you are feeling better.
    It is so nice to see such effort put into your food day. Inspiration!

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    • Beth
      August 10, 2011 at 10:44 am (9 years ago)

      I woke up today feeling a million times better. All the fruits and veggies and rest worked!

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  7. Jennifer
    August 10, 2011 at 9:14 am (9 years ago)

    I hope you’re feeling better today. Good post – I like seeing how other people break up their day. Lately I’m been eating similar breakfasts (smoothie) and lunch (bigass salad + something else small like a black bean burger, no bun). But dinners I try to mix it up. I’ll usually make either a new recipe or one I haven’t made in awhile over the weekend and use it as leftovers.

    BTW, I started a month long vegetarian challenge for myself. So far so good. I fully anticipate that it will be something I do permanently. I think I’m ok with eggs & dairy but no meat. It’s the fish part that I’m struggling with yes/no.

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    • Beth
      August 10, 2011 at 10:50 am (9 years ago)

      That’s awesome! That’s how I got into vegetarian/pescatarianism – from trying it out last year for Lent. It’s a lot easier to eat cheap and clean in my opinion!

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  8. Amy B @ Second City Randomness
    August 10, 2011 at 9:21 am (9 years ago)

    The “summer sickness” seems to be making rounds. A few people in our office are down and out this week because of it. Hope the day of rest made you feel a bit better!

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    • Beth
      August 10, 2011 at 10:50 am (9 years ago)

      It really did! I’m shocked how much better I feel today than yesterday. It’s awesome!

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  9. Rebecca
    August 10, 2011 at 9:29 am (9 years ago)

    Breakfasts tend to be one out of the following: cereal, oats (always with almonds on top, sometimes — like today — with 1 tbsp of peanut butter!), or egg whites, veggies, and Ezekiel bread/English muffin/other bread. They’re the easiest things to do in the morning, which is why I tend to gravitate towards them. Lunch is sometimes the same (huge salad with tuna), but lately I’ve been trying out new recipes for lunch and dinner and trying to coordinate so that leftovers become lunch, etc. Last week I made your asian tuna burgers and the veggie fried brown rice (uhh, YUM!) for an Asian-inspired dinner on Tuesday and had lunches for the rest of the week! Seriously, though, that veggie fried rice…it’s so yummy, it doesn’t feel like I should be eating it on WW at all! 🙂

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    • Beth
      August 10, 2011 at 11:56 am (9 years ago)

      I always do leftovers for lunch. I can have the same meal twice in a row and not get bored, but too much more than that and it gets a little iffy.

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  10. Amanda @ Running On Waffles
    August 10, 2011 at 9:30 am (9 years ago)

    I love my breakfast so much I can’t help but eat it every day (and sometimes for dinner, too!). I also eat a salad every day for lunch but I like to change up the dressing every so often to keep it tasting differently. I love trying new meals for dinner and your concoction with the orzo and cauliflower looks great…especially since I have a box of orzo in my pantry already!!!
    Hope you’re feeling better today!

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    • Beth
      August 10, 2011 at 11:57 am (9 years ago)

      I love making random concoctions out of things in my kitchen – its getting fun using everything up and being creative!

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  11. Mary
    August 10, 2011 at 9:32 am (9 years ago)

    Thanks for a good recipe/food choice ideas. You made 29 points look like plenty!

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    • Beth
      August 10, 2011 at 12:02 pm (9 years ago)

      It really can be if you eat lots of fruits and veggies!

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  12. Ash Bear
    August 10, 2011 at 10:51 am (9 years ago)

    That mac & cheese wannabe looks delicious! I love seeing other people’s food choices, especially when they are following points.

    Feel better!

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    • Beth
      August 10, 2011 at 7:56 pm (9 years ago)

      It is fun to see what other people eat! Thank you!

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  13. Gwen
    August 10, 2011 at 10:58 am (9 years ago)

    1) I hope you feel better soon!

    2) You definitely got the bang for your buck on Points+! Gosh, I can’t imagine having just 29 right now. I have 44 and you bet I eat them all! 🙂 I tend to eat the same thing for breakfast (Fage 2% Honey) every day and my snacks (apples, watermellon) are pretty consistent too. But I do change up the rest of my meals pretty regularly. Sometimes I think I should just stick with the same thing because it will keep me out of trouble! xoxo

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    • Beth
      August 10, 2011 at 7:56 pm (9 years ago)

      I think its important to change it up! If you get too bored its so easy to just jump ship completely!

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  14. Erika @ The Teenage Taste
    August 10, 2011 at 11:05 am (9 years ago)

    You really DO make your points+ last! Your eats look delicious, especially that make-shift macaroni and cheese. Yum! 😀
    Hope you feel better soon, Beth!

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    • Beth
      August 10, 2011 at 7:57 pm (9 years ago)

      Thanks Erika!

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  15. Katy
    August 10, 2011 at 11:27 am (9 years ago)

    Hi Beth!! I have 2 questions :

    1. How much cauliflower, tomato, basil & garlic do you use in the “mac n cheese”? What temp and how long do you cook it for? It looks sooo good!! 🙂 I have everything but the orzo… i wonder if i could sub quinoa or brown rice?!?! I’ve never had orzo; isn’t it a pasta?
    PS. You should do a cookbook! I’d totally buy one!! 🙂

    2. If I join WW online will I still get the books that comes with when you do meetings? A couple years ago one of my coworkers were doing WW and I know she had a couple of books, one being listing the point value for every food.

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    • Beth
      August 10, 2011 at 7:59 pm (9 years ago)

      Hi Katy!

      1.) 1 cup tomato and 2 cups frozen cauliflower. I did 350 for 20 mins and then 425 for 10 until it was crispy and brown on top. Orzo is basically a cross between rice and pasta – it tastes like pasta but is shaped like rice! I’m sure the same thing would work with quinoa or brown rice!

      2.) You won’t get the books if you join WW online, but you do get access to all the program information. You can go to a center and purchase the complete food companion or the dining out companion, which are 9.95 each in DC – not sure how much where you live! Those books don’t come with regular membership either – you have to purchase them.

      Let me know if you have any questions!

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      • Katy
        August 11, 2011 at 11:57 am (9 years ago)

        Thanks for the info!! 🙂 I did have one more question regarding WW :

        Being raw veggies and fruits are 0 points and you have 29 points for everything else… How many calories do you think the 29 points are worth. I’m currently unemployed and want to join WW once I find work but in the meantime I want to try and follow it. I eat pretty good now (try to stay around 1200 calories a day – no processed foods) and workout 3-4 times a day (I need to increase that); but I can’t seem to lose weight (I weigh around your weight now but am only 5’1). I don’t want to blame my hypothyroidism but something has to give! 🙂 …. My goal is to lose 30 lbs; I have a lot of muscle from gymnastics under my flub (or so I like to think! lol), so I know what charts say I should weigh for my height is unrealistic for my frame.

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  16. Mary (A Merry Life)
    August 10, 2011 at 12:26 pm (9 years ago)

    Just so you know I’ve had your blog open in my browser for almost 3 hours waiting to comment on this. Just felt like letting you know. 😉

    I like your day of eats! Those wraps look great.

    My eats are pretty standard. I eat similar things over and over again as long as they aren’t back to back.

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    • Beth
      August 10, 2011 at 8:00 pm (9 years ago)

      I just have so many things I want to try that it’s hard for me to repeat meals too much! =)

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  17. Evi
    August 10, 2011 at 12:40 pm (9 years ago)

    Definitely different recipes. I’m not good with eating the same stuff over and over…

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    • Beth
      August 10, 2011 at 8:01 pm (9 years ago)

      Yeah same… I also create at least one new recipe a week for the blog, so that helps a lot with variety!

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  18. Lisa
    August 10, 2011 at 12:55 pm (9 years ago)

    Sorry you aren’t feeling well. 🙁 I totally fall into the “comfort food” trap when I am sick.

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    • Beth
      August 10, 2011 at 8:00 pm (9 years ago)

      I did pretty well eating super healthy even though I was feeling sick – I think that’s a lot of why I was able to kick the cold so quickly!

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  19. Danielle
    August 10, 2011 at 1:02 pm (9 years ago)

    I really enjoyed this post. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    • Beth
      August 10, 2011 at 8:01 pm (9 years ago)

      Aww I’m glad! You’re welcome!

      Reply
  20. Kim @ Imperfectly Perfect
    August 10, 2011 at 1:10 pm (9 years ago)

    Your meals look great, Beth. Nice for people to see how much you really can eat and still lose weight. It’s all about food choices and portion control. I feel like I’m constantly eating, but I think it mainly has to do with the fact that I use mostly whole foods.

    I tend to stick to the same meals daily, but will switch things up a little. Breakfast is almost always egg whites and fruit with either oatmeal, oatbran or an english muffin. Sometimes I’ll add a little peanut butter or a laughing cow cheese wedge. Lunch is a salad with veggies, beans & some nuts with either tuna, turkey or chicken. Snack lately has been greek yogurt with fruit and tsp each of flaxseed & wheat germ. Dinner is what changes most nights for me. Since I’m living w/ my bf now I’ve been trying new recipes. There’s always some sort of protein, whole grain/potato/beans and veggies (which I have to sneak in for the bf). I have a bit of a sweet tooth, so my last snack of the day is usually a sugar free muffin and some hardboiled egg whites (to get a lil protein in there).

    Hope you’re feeling better today! 🙂

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    • Beth
      August 10, 2011 at 8:02 pm (9 years ago)

      Exactly! Portion control was the biggest thing I had to adjust to when losing weight. I still like to eat a lot of food, so I try to bulk my meals up with lots of fruits and veggies to allow myself to eat more and that works well for me. 🙂

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  21. Roz
    August 10, 2011 at 1:20 pm (9 years ago)

    Hi Beth, those collard wraps look DELICIOUS!!!! Hope you are feeling better today!!!! Take care.

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    • Beth
      August 10, 2011 at 8:03 pm (9 years ago)

      The recipe/technique for them will be posted tomorrow! They’re great because you can make them ahead of time and use them for several days.

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  22. Mary
    August 10, 2011 at 1:37 pm (9 years ago)

    Everything looks so tasty! Do you have a blender and a food processor? or just a blender? I try to change my meals up so I don’t get bored…although yogurt with chocolate chips and almonds has been a snack staple of mine for several years!

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    • Beth
      August 10, 2011 at 8:03 pm (9 years ago)

      I have both a blender and food processor, but I only had a blender for a long time! I just got my first food processor a few months ago, and I have to say, it’s pretty amazing!

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  23. Liz
    August 10, 2011 at 2:49 pm (9 years ago)

    hope you are feeling better! When I work from home my eats are way more interesting, but at work I tend to eat the same things over and over again.

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    • Beth
      August 10, 2011 at 8:04 pm (9 years ago)

      I couldn’t tell if it was going to be dangerous being home by the kitchen all day, but it was actually awesome to have access to it and actually cook during the day a little!

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  24. Lauren
    August 10, 2011 at 3:01 pm (9 years ago)

    Fun post.

    I’m in maintenance and when I’m at work I have the same breakfast basically everyday – 4 points of plain oatmeal plus a point or two of walnuts and some canned pumpkin. Coffee and creamer round it out.

    Lunch is a tossup but 4-5 days a week at work I bring from home and it’s around 10-11 points. I always then have about 4 points of yogurt mid afternoon.

    Dinner is always a tossup. But a weekly standby tends to be the turkey meatloaf from Skinny Taste. Also like to make chicken tacos (chicken poached in OJ).

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    • Beth
      August 10, 2011 at 8:05 pm (9 years ago)

      I was doing the 35 pts+ a day on maintenance for a while, but then I was yo-yoing a lot with my weight because I’d overdo it sometimes and push past my limit. Sticking with the 29 pts/day when I don’t have things going on seems to do the trick for me, and as you can see, I still get to eat quite a bit with 29 pts!

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  25. robin
    August 10, 2011 at 3:05 pm (9 years ago)

    I get up at 5:30 for work and thats when I make my lunch. I love to see what I can come up with. Yesterday it was brown rice , peas and Tuna.

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    • Beth
      August 10, 2011 at 8:10 pm (9 years ago)

      Mmmm. I love tuna! I still have two cans in my pantry to play with.. =)

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  26. TracyP
    August 10, 2011 at 3:36 pm (9 years ago)

    I love seeing how others split up the “29” each day. I never can go without using a few weeklies no matter what. Your food always looks so fresh and healthy. Thanks for sharing the day.

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    • Beth
      August 10, 2011 at 8:10 pm (9 years ago)

      You’re welcome! That’s what the weeklies are for! Trust me I eat more than my fair share of them most days, I just like the freedom I get when I stick with 29 pts a day some of the time.

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  27. Jordan @ food, sweat, and beers
    August 10, 2011 at 3:54 pm (9 years ago)

    When I first started WW last March, my meals were so BLAH that you would’ve been bored to tears reading them. However, since I’ve been living with the beau/laying off the WW for a little (the latter due primarily to the former), it’s been a lot more variety (albeit a lot less healthy!)

    I get the sense, though, that when he moves out at the end of this month, the meals will start looking vaguely familiar. Hey, if it works, it works!

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    • Beth
      August 10, 2011 at 8:11 pm (9 years ago)

      I think as long as you’re happy and satisfied with what you’re eating, that’s all that matters! Living with a guy is HARD. It took a lot for me to realize that Wil could eat a LOT more than me and not gain weight. Before WW, we were both having the same size portions of everything!

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  28. Jennifer
    August 10, 2011 at 5:13 pm (9 years ago)

    These meals all look great! Especially lunch. I need to buy popcorn more often. Such a great snack!

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    • Beth
      August 10, 2011 at 8:12 pm (9 years ago)

      I love those little bags! They’re so easy and delish for just 3 pts. When there’s a good sale on them I have a hard time resisting. 🙂

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  29. Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio
    August 10, 2011 at 7:59 pm (9 years ago)

    I totally have my go to things for breakfast and lunch, but rotate them. It also just depends on what I have in the kitchen and what I buy each week. I could totally have a bagel thin or a bowl of cereal for breakfast every day, but I’ll throw oatmeal, eggs, and smoothies into the mix.

    It’s awesome to see pictures of your meals. I hope you’re feeling better!

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    • Beth
      August 10, 2011 at 8:12 pm (9 years ago)

      I am feeling so much better! I even went on a 5 mile run this morning since yesterday I barely moved at all!

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        • Beth
          August 10, 2011 at 8:14 pm (9 years ago)

          Not one until the Marine Corps Marathon. I might do a half between now and then if I can find one. Do you have any??

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  30. Jen
    August 10, 2011 at 9:50 pm (9 years ago)

    Perfect day!!!

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  31. Danielle
    August 10, 2011 at 11:01 pm (9 years ago)

    I was wondering if you have ever done a post on lunch ideas that you used when you were losing weight? That is the hardest meal for me to feel satisfied!! 🙂

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  32. Lili
    August 11, 2011 at 3:40 pm (9 years ago)

    When I’m sick, I never lose my appetite either!!! My mom says this is a good thing 🙂

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