Monthly Archives: April 2018

Episode 12: Four Recipe Corners make a Recipe Room



We are back! Thanks for your patience.

Also, thanks for participating in our Twitter poll; “Is it Worth It?” We got a pretty resounding response to our 45sp meal question. (PS: You can find us on Twitter by clicking this link, or looking up @watchinweight).

How is Greg maintaining on Lifetime and how is Tab handling Maintenance on her way to Lifetime, you ask? Find out in this week’s Weigh In segment.

The Freestyle for the week suggests you just “Eat what you Want!”, and we talk about what that means for us, and how we manage it by keeping it as part of our lifestyle.

And finally, the moment you’ve been waiting for. We pull away the plastic protective covering on this renovation – we have a Recipe Room! Four recipes we’ve been tried out – references to original recipes sources are included. No affiliate links here for the books, just good old fashioned word of mouth cause we’re fans.

Artichokes from Love & Lemons
  • 4 regular or 8 baby artichokes
  • 1 lemon
  • 3 tsp olive oil
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • chili pepper flakes

Preheat oven to 375

Clean and prep artichokes by trimming off leaves and cutting back the stem
Cut in half lengthwise and carve out choke.
Place cleaned artichokes in bowl of water with juice of lemon plus the quarters of the same lemon until ready to use.
If baking in a dish, brush dish with one teaspoon of olive oil.
Cover artichokes with remaining two teaspoons of olive oil and season to taste with salt, pepper and chili flakes.
Toss to coat completely.
Place artichokes in baking dish, cut side down. Place quartered lemon in baking dish as well. Cover dish with aluminum foil, bake for 45 minutes for full sized artichokes, or 25 – 30 minutes for baby artichokes.
*air fryer attempt – wrap 2 artichokes and 2 lemon wedges in aluminum foil. Poke holes in the foil and cook 8 minutes on high, flip and then 5 minutes on high on the other side.*

Chocolate Chick Pea Cake adapted from Katie_Donnelly_wwjourney
    • 14oz can of chickpeas, drained & rinsed
    • 3 eggs
    • 1 1/2 cup Pyure Organic Stevia
    • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1/4 cup 0% Fage Greek yogurt
    • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder

Blend the chickpeas in a blender with a small amount of water (a few tablespoons, just enough to get them moving in the blender) or mash them by hand until smooth.
Whisk together the rest of the ingredients, minus the baking powder.
Add chickpeas to the rest of the ingredients and whisk.
Add baking powder and whisk.
Pour into 8×8 pan (greased or lined with parchment paper) and cook for 25 – 30 minutes at 350.

Herb and Parmesan Crusted Cod from Run Fast Eat Slow
  • 4 x 4oz filet of cod
  • 1/3 cup fine corn meal
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 scoop Quest Multipurpose baking mix
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1tsp dried thyme
  • salt
  • pepper
  • cooking spray

Rinse cod filet, pat dry with paper towel.
Sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper
Line up 3 bowls. Cornmeal in 1, whisked egg with a TBSP of water in the second one. In the third bowl, mix parmesan, protein powder, oregano and thyme.
Dredge each filet in cornmeal on all sides, then dip (or brush) with egg, then press into the parmesan mixture on all sides. (discard the leftover coating mixture).
Spray both sides of the coated filet with cooking spray before placing in air fryer.
Preheat air fryer at 360
Place filet on foil in air fryer basket or air fryer dish accessory (check your manual for options).
Cook for 5 minutes on one side, flip with fish spatula, then cook for 3 – 5 minutes on the other side (depending on thickness of filet)
Enjoy your crispy filet!

Variation of Butterfinger Cheesecake Cupcakes from wwPounddropper
In a stand mixer with a whisk attachment, mix the yogurt, eggs, pudding mix, and cocoa powder together until smooth.
Add in the rest of the ingredients and whisk again until fully incorporated.
In a cupcake pan, place the 16 cookies in cupcake liners – either silicone or foil versions.
Scoop mixture into the cupcake liners to about 3/4 full.
Place in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes then let cool for several hours until set (If you can stop yourself from eating them!)
You can see her original recipe here. We made a few modifications based on our preferences.
We hope you enjoy these recipes – some modifications have been made to the original recipes to make them more “points friendly”.
 That wraps it up for this week. Stay tuned to see how we did on our Race Against Extinction 5K race, and hear about our Summer Picnic Picks!
Don’t forget to follow us on all the sosh meeds: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. On Connect, Greg is @ChuBGreg and Tab is @chitownrun.
You can also find us on TuneIn.com – so check us out and subscribe there if iTunes isn’t your thing.


Episode 11: Trader Joe’s Must Haves



Surprise! It’s a double-drop day! We’re bringing you TWO episodes today since you’re so cool!

Today we check in about our Weigh Ins, talk about finding new ways to be more active and most importantly, share our Trader Joe’s Must Haves!

We also ask: Is it Worth It? We had a date night that cost us a LOT of points. Is it worth it?

We’re going to hit you up with LOTS of recipes next week, so be sure to tune in for that.

That’s a wrap for this week. Don’t forget to find us on the sosh-meeds: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. On Connect, Greg is @ChuBGreg and Tab is @chitownrun.

You can now listen to us on TuneIn, so check us out there.

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Episode 10: Zero Point Cake and Ask Us Anything



Here we are! Episode 10 – it’s a super-sized episode! Can you believe it? We are super-excited to bring you this episode – it’s so full of good stuff!

First we do the Weigh in, and guess what? Tab hit GOOOOOOAAAALLLL!!! Sound improbable? Have a listen and find out how it happened, and what it means. Oh yeah, and also…

GREG MADE LIFETIME!!! It’s very exciting, and we’re very proud. Greg discusses where he’s at with that, mentally.

Then, it’s Ask Us Anything! We compiled questions from all of you and they were good ones! Thank you to: @kjturpin, @sabthefoodaddict, @gw_gets_fit and @joshhillwrites_ww from Instagram for your questions, and also to our Connect buddies @europious, @julieinoregon, @mita23, @new_jewelie and @_duchick_ – we appreciate your questions and we had fun answering them.

But the fun doesn’t stop there. We also have Recipe Corner, where you’ll learn we really are just flying by the seat of our pants sometimes. What’s a party without cake? How about ZERO POINT CAKE!! Thanks to a recipe from @Katie_Donnelly_wwjourney, we have learned how to use chickpeas to make a cake. Can’t believe it? Well here it is.

It’s 2 points for the whole cake the way we make it, thanks to the almond extract and the vanilla protein powder but it works out to 0 points per serving, until you’re 3 pieces in. Then it bumps up to 1 point. Have a listen, hear our disasterous road to this recipe, and our thoughts on how it tastes. I mean, chickpeas? What? Then give it a go yourself, and find some fun modifications.

That’s a wrap for this week. Don’t forget to find us on the sosh-meeds: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. On Connect, Greg is @ChuBGreg and Tab is @chitownrun.

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Episode Nine: Making Workouts Bearable



Hey Friends! We’re ONE episode away from the big Number Ten! Can you believe it?

This week we give you a quick run-down on how we did at the Shamrock Shuffle 8K (get it? RUN-down?). How was our run? You tell us.

We had a blast at the Shamrock Shuffle.
Right: 3 days before we started Weight Watchers Left: 8 months in

Next, we check in on our weigh ins. Where are we? How’s Greg’s maintenance coming?

We also talk through the Freestyle topic: Speak Up for Yourself. Long story short, back up, Aunt Ellen!

Then we get into it – our tips for making working out bearable! Do you dread exercise? Have a listen and see if our tips help you out at all.

We mention a very fun app to help you along in your run or your walk, inspired by a zombie story, and remind you of the coupon code you can use (WATCH20) on a Original Worm massage roller.

It hurts so good.

That’s a wrap for this week. Don’t forget to find us on the sosh-meeds to let us know with any questions you may have for us for our Ask Us Anything on Episode Ten. You can leave a comment here, use the feedback form on our website (www.watchinweight.com) or at any of our sosh-meeds profiles: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

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Episode Eight: Costco Countdown – “We go through it”



In this week’s episode, we talk about the Shamrock Shuffle 8K we’re about to run in Chicago, and give our predictions on how we’ll do.

In the Weigh-in segment, we finally have a week where we BOTH lost weight – but Tab still doesn’t trust it.

The Freestyle topic of the week was “Plan your Meals”, and we talk about how that can be aspirational, or intimidating, depending on how you look at it. We also share what meal planning means to us.

We also share our Costco Top Ten – the ten things we always, always buy when we’re at Costco. We truly believe that preparing our fridge and pantry this way has contributed to our success. If we’ve missed your favorite Costco buy, let us know what it is!

Costco Top Ten Grocery List

  1. Fruit and Vegetables
  2. Fish & Chicken
  3. Yogurt
  4. Eggs
  5. Jimmy Dean Breakfast Sandwiches
  6. Kirkland Chicken Tortilla Soup
  7. Frozen Chicken Cilantro Wontons
  8. Chef’s Cut Chicken Jerky
  9. Premiere Protein
  10. La Croix (or other fancy water)
Honorable Mentions:
  1. Inno Foods Coconut Clusters
  2. Gum
  3. San Francisco Bay Keurig Coffee Pods

In the Recipe Corner this week, we give you a Air Fried Broccoli variation using ginger, garlic, and PB Fit (or PB2).

Next episode, we’ll share our tips for keeping working out from being such a drag. And speaking of working out, we’ll let you know how our Shamrock Shuffle went!

Thanks to all you, our listeners, we’re fast approaching our tenth episode, and we want to hear from you! We’d love to know what YOU’D love to know. As us anything! We’ll take your topic suggestions, too.

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook – and you can also find us on Weight Watcher’s Social Media channel: Connect (@ChuBGreg and @chitownrun)