Sunday, November 28, 2010


We’ve talked about it enough without really saying anything, this week this is IT! We are introducing the new Weight Watchers program. Are you ready? Excited? A little worried? We’ve been dying to tell you all about it for months now.

This week we are bringing you a new complete, livable program that has been thoroughly tested for 3 years before we even heard about it! We know it works, we know it is a great program, and we’ve been living it for almost 3 months now.

Finally we can share it with you. You don’t want to miss your meeting, you want to get all the details and find answers to your questions. A Holiday gift for all of us! YAY!

Tool of the Week

New program means new tools, and we have them! First thing first, our new Calculator! It’s calculates your... P+ (ish! I don’t wanna say too much!), tracks your day, give you your daily target, everything!!

Not only that, but the first one you by is at a greatly reduced price!

Note: You get a FREE calculator when you buy a Deluxe Member kit. Something to think about.

What’s going on?

We have a few events coming in which will make your transition to the new plan smoother and easier:

Tasty and Healthy in no time
Quick cooking on the new plan! Tricks and ideas to have tasty & healthy food on the table at record speed.
With Melanie Bourgeois

When and where:
Wednesday December 8th at 7:30pm
Stonestown Center

Make Etools work for you
How to use Etools to its fullest for more fun and success.
With Joe Lagana

When and where:
Monday December 13th 6:30 pm
San Bruno, Bayhill center

Saturday December 18th 1pm
Stonestown Center

Take full advantage of those events! Bring your friends too!!

In the Kitchen

This is a soup that I found on years ago and to this day I don’t think I ever followed the original recipe. It’s an awesome base for a very filling and healthy soup that you can modify endlessly. I have added sausage or chicken to it (even beef once), I changed the spices, I changed the grains, you get the picture.

With the cold this last week, I thought it was a perfect recipe to share! It reheats very well; you might have to add some brothe though, as the grains tend to soak up the liquids.

4 Grains Tomato soup
2 meals (5p+) or 4 starters (3p+)

2 tablespoons each: barley brown rice, millet, and bulgur wheat
2 cups canned, diced tomatoes w/ juice
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon onion powder and dill
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, basil, and salt
1 carrots, chopped (1 to 2)
1 onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
3 cups vegetable broth

In a medium saucepan, sauté the vegetables in oil over medium heat until soft - 5 to 10 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to minimum, cover, and simmer for about an hour until grains are tender [pot barley takes the longest to cook]. You may need to add some extra water toward the end of the cooking time.

I have even made this with curry powder and added cumin. YUM!!

A week of change

This is it my friends! We are finally going to go over what's new and exciting for the 2011 version of Weight Watchers. I know not everybody is as excited by change as I am and that's ok. We will review this together, and I will be there to answer questions in the meeting room and by email.

Some of you might want to take a week to read the new plan and understand it before you switch to it and that's ok. The Momentum plan as not magically become a bad or unhealthy plan. We just have a better one now more in tune with what science has learned in the last 10 years.

Note that Etools will be changing to the new plan Monday (tomorrow) so most of you will have a preview of the new plan before you even come in the meeting room.

Take a deep breath, take time to read, note your questions and we will get this figured out together.

I am so excited!!!!!!

Have a good week!

As always I'm there for you. I will be bringing a lot of stuff in the meeting rooms, your favorites are back, new stuff is out, even a new cookbook!!

Email me if you need anything!


P.S. I have re-faced my blog, added adjacent pages etc. Constructive criticism is absolutely welcomed!

"Change is the essence of life. Be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become."

Monday, November 22, 2010

I’m ready, I’m ready!

I have my food all planned out, I have put together strategies to deal with the stressful things (and people) who might have thrown me off course, I am ready!

Before we dive right in the Thanksgiving last minute preparations, maybe we can take a step back and remember previous celebrations we enjoyed since joining Weight Watchers. What worked? What didn’t work so well? More importantly, what have we learned?

Learning from experience is the best way there is to build up on that new lifestyle of ours, so we can find each “our” way to make this a true lifestyle change that will endure through celebrations and changes.

Tool of the week:

What better tool can there be in a food centered celebration than our Easy Measure spoon set?

Not only they are pre-measured serving spoon, but they actually look very nice! Nobody will know you are actually controlling your portions. You can be sneaky about being healthy! What’s not to love?

I have quite a few of those sets left, I'll be bringing them around. Let me know if you want one!
What’s going on?

Change is coming, can you feel it? You want to keep your eyes open and be part of the excitement!

We have great events coming in San Francisco that might just give you the help you need, not to mention that they are going to be fun! Not only you are invited, but any friends who wants to come and check us out is welcome to stop by too!

Cook healthy in minutes
With Melanie Bourgeois
Tips and tricks to have healthy food on the tables quickly and without fuss.
(It's my first time putting an event together, I'm having so much fun with this! I'm planning on keeping it simple and fun. Any quick food ideas are appreciated!)

December 8th:
Stonestown Center,

Make Etools Work for You
With Joe Lagana
Everything you need to know about using Etools.

December 13th:
San Bruno, Bayhill center

December 18th:
Stonestown Center

In the Kitchen

This recipe call for raw turkey meat, but I have done it most of the time with leftover cooked turkey (or chicken), just add it about 1 minute before the end to cook through.

It’s delicious, and it breaks from the “Thanksgiving taste” when you’ve been eating leftovers for a few days! ;o)

The second recipe is the Banana bread I've been talking about. I had it in last week's email which never went out. :o/

Turkey Mulligatawny
4 servings

2 teaspoon Olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
2/3 cup Bulgur
2 teaspoon Madras curry powder (2 to 3)
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
5 cups low sodium chicken broth
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 small apple, unpealed and diced
1 pound bonless, skinless turkey breast cubed (3/4 inches)
1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper to taste
1 small tomato, chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Heat the oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic. Cook, stirring, until golden. 7-10 miuntes. Add the bulgur, curry powder, turmeric and cloves. Cook stirring occasionally, until fragrant, 2-3 minutes.

Stir in the broth, bell pepper, and apple; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until thebulgur is tender, about 20 minutes.

Add the turkey and salt; return to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered. until the turkey is cooked through, about 5 minutes. Season with the pepper, then sprinkle with the tomatoes and cilantro just before serving.

Adapted from: Weight watchers "In one pot" cookbook, p. 21

Banana Bread
8 servings, 4 pts/serving*

¼ cup Splenda
¼ cup bron sugar
2 TBSP butter
3 TBSP Apple Sauce unsweetened
½ cup egg beater
1 1/2 cup, white flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1 6oz carton fat free vanilla yogurt
¾ cup ripe banana (about 1 ½ banana)
¼ tsp vanilla extract
Cooking spray
(You can add nuts, almonds or raisins, whatever but adjusts the pts value!)

1- Preheat over at 350F
2- Place sugar and butter in a large bowl, beat with a mixer at medium speed until well mixed, add apple sauce and beat a little more. Add eggs beater slowly while mixing well.
3- Sift flour and baking soda and spices together and add to the wet mixture alternating with the yogurt. You want to start and finish with the flour. Do not over-mix! The more you mix, the denser it will be.
4- Fold in the banana and vanilla extract (and whatever else you decided to add) and pour the whole thing in a 8X4 inch pan that you pre-sprayed with cooking spray.
5- Bake for about 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in the pan, then remove to a wire rack and cool completely.

*The original recipe was 10 serving which would be 3 pts here. To me those slices are too thin. I want a REAL slice!

Adapted from Cooking Light Annual Recipes 2007 p. 407 (November 2007)

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Weight Watchers will be closed on Thanksgiving day, but we are open all day Wednesday and Friday (with very few exceptions*). If you feel the need to stop by a center or a traveler, please do so!

*The century Club is closed Friday morning and the LGBT will be closed Saturday in observance of the Thanksgiving celebration.

I will be on vacation from Wednesday evening (after my meeting at Stonestown) to Monday morning. I will read and answer emails then. :o)

I hope you have a great time this weekend! Enjoy yourself and your loved ones.

Your leader,


"Change is the essence of life. Be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become."

Monday, November 8, 2010

17 Sleeps to Thanksgiving!!! Can you believe that?

This meeting is a tradition at Weight Watchers, the “Thanksgiving meeting”.

Come to see how to make Thanksgiving a successful AND an enjoyable day.

We’ll talk about what to eat, how much to eat, how to keep the focus without losing the fun! How does that sound?

If you have recipes or ideas that you want to share please bring them in!! The more the better!

Tool of the Week

Do you have any of the Weight Watchers Cookbooks? Those are great resources for healthy delicious recipes both for your family and for company!!

I will bring around any cookbook I have left; they are 50% off right now too!!

What’s going on?

Are you excited yet? The week after Thanksgiving is IT! I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

In the meantime we are gearing up and preparing for party season.

No matter if you are partying with 150 people or just by yourself, remember that the focus should not be so much on shopping, cooking and stressing out. It’s party time!

In the middle of spoiling and pampering your loved ones, remember to put yourself on the top of that list. You deserve it!

In the kitchen

This recipe is in the Healthy & Happy Celebration cookbook. This book is fabulous, full of great recipes for entertaining.

I made this for an event I had this weekend, and it was a hit too! So it’s not just me. Even my husband loved it and it’s not “his kind of stuff” as he says himself. I know it’s a lot of celery, but it absolutely works! Delicious!

Apple Celery and Herb Salad
12 servings 1 pt/serving


1 bunch celery, trimmed and thinly sliced

2 Granny Smith apples, thinly sliced (I cored and ¼-ed the apples before slicing)

3 Tablespoons orange juice

1/4 cup lightly packed flat leaf parsley leaves

2 Tablespoon chopped fresh chives (diagonally is prettier)

1 Tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon leaves

zest and juice of 1 lemon

4 teaspoon olive oil

2 teaspoon Dijon mustard (I used whole grain, it's prettier I’m fuffy that way)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1- Combine celery, apples, orange juice, parsley, chives, and tarragon in a large bowl.

2- Whisk together lemon zest and juice, olive oil, mustard, and salt in a small bowl. Pour dressing over celery and apples mixture and toss.

For 3/4 cup: Cal 56, fat 2g, sod 160mg, Carb 10g, Fib 3g, Prot 1g, Calc 46mg

(from Healthy & happy Celebration p 145)

At Work Corner

As always, let me know if you need anything and I will do my best to find it for you. I’ve found a few pocket guide/Journal covers. I’m bringing them around.

I also have cookbooks left. Those will go from meeting to meeting until I run out. If there is any you are interested in, grab them. They are going soon.

Otherwise I’ve very low on products. I am trying to find some more, I have a big order coming for end of November. It’s only a few weeks!!

As always, if you can’t attend your weekly meeting, you are welcome to attend any traditional meeting. You can find my schedule at:

You have paid for attendance already, it’s included in your series.

Have a good week!

Email me if you need anything, I’m there for you!!

A little planning ahead can make this Thanksgiving a successful and enjoyable one!

Your leader


“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.”
~ Oprah Winfrey

Monday, November 1, 2010

Master your Metabolism

Have you ever heard yourself say one or more of these? I know I have!

“I can’t lose weight because I have a slow metabolism.”

“As you get older, losing weight becomes near impossible.”

“I’m not losing weight because I’m not eating enough. My body goes in starvation mode.”

We’ve heard those statements (or similar ones) so many times that we ended up believing them! There are so many myths about metabolism, and sadly they have made their way into the mainstream knowledge. We use them as excuses; marketers use them as bait to sell magical weight loss potions.

What is metabolism really? This week we will demystify the concept of metabolism and see how it can help us, not hinder us, in our weight management efforts. It’s not a magical pill for weight loss, but it can help.

Want to know the coolest part? You can totally do something about it!

Tool of the week:

Have you taken a look at our fitness kits? We have 2: Punch and Belly Butt and Thighs.

Punch has weighed gloves (3/4 lb each) and Belly Butt & Thighs has an exercise ball. Those come with work outs (on DVD) and are a great way to get your moving on at home!

I have the Punch one and use the glove sometimes just as I do my daily routine. ¾ lb might not seem like much, but after an hour… and I lift weights regularly!

Ask me about them, I’ll bring them in for you! Perfect for those who don’t feel at home at the gym.

What’s going on?

Halloween marks the beginning of party season really. Next thing you know we are getting ready for Thanksgiving and then it’s madness until mid January.

This can be a scary time for us members if we don’t take a little time to put together a master plan. In this down time before the party starts take time to think how you want to sail through the holiday season. Here are a few things to remember:

Attending your meeting every week will give you an anchor, and bring accountability in a time when distractions are the rule. It’s also the perfect place to learn all those tricks and ideas which can really make navigating the season a breeze.

A little planning ahead goes a long way. Being prepared takes out the stress and let you truly enjoy the time you have with friends and family.

You have the tools, use them! Etools is a great resource for Point Values certainly, but also for inspiration, ideas, information, everything! You have plenty of other very useful tools: Your food scale, your journal, the companions, the Point calculator, the Point clicker… Find the right tool for the situation you’re facing and use it!

This is also a great season to give back. Look around your community and see where and how you can do your own little part to help those in need. Every little bit helps!

In the Kitchen

This is a fall favorite of ours. I like to make big batches for parties in the crock pot, or individual ones in the microwave (using ground spices). Honestly, the microwave version doesn’t taste nearly as rich.

There’s the “right way” to do this, and there’s the “oh c’mon, I don’t have the rest of my life to do this” way. Pick your own ;o)

Hot spiced cider*
16 servings 2pts/serving

1 gallon (4 quart) apple juice
3 + sticks cinnamon
1 TBSP whole Allspice
1 tsp (or less) whole clove
1 whole orange cleaned and sliced (peel and all).
Nutmeg to taste (I love nutmeg!)

If you wish put the spices in a little teabag or make a little pouch with cheese cloth and put them in. I don’t bother because I like to see whole spices floating around. If young kids will drink this, I would make the teabags, just to be safe.

Put the juice in the crock pot and put on high for 30 minutes or so to warm up. I sometimes cheat and warm up the juice in the microwave.

Add the spices and the orange slices and let sit on low (or even warm if your crock pot has that setting) for 1+ hour.

If you have it on warm, you can leave it on all through the party. If it’s on low, I would turn it off after 90 minutes or so.

Let people serve themselves (it’s part of the fun!) and put whole nutmeg with a grater close by for people to add it at will.

I get this going before I start cooking, that way the whole place smells wonderful and it really gets us in a Holiday mood. :o)

*Some people who shall remain nameless have been known to add rum to this. I’m not saying that I encourage drinking, but it’s the holidays… safely and in moderation… Dark rum would work better for this I believe. Obviously you’d add the Points for the rum. ;o)

At Work Corner

As always, let me know if you need anything and I will do my best to find it for you. I’ve found a few pocket guide/Journal covers. I’m bringing them around.

I also have cookbooks left. Those will go from meeting to meeting until I run out. If there is any you are interested in, grab them. They are going soon.

As always, if you can’t attend your weekly meeting, you are welcome to attend any traditional meeting. You can find my schedule at:

You have paid for attendance already, it’s included in your series.

Have an awesome week!

Email me if you need anything, I’m there for you!!

Remember that a little bit of thinking ahead can make all the difference between “I did it!” and “Shoot, I got to fix this now”. ;o)

Your leader


“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.”
~ Oprah Winfrey