Episode 14: Ramping up for Spring



Hi friends!

In this week’s intro we talk about how we’re introducing different kinds of activities into our workouts (and lives), and spend a minute acknowledging that some of you are interested in talking about healthy fats, and what that even means for our journey on Weight Watchers. We’re going to dig into that topic a little more in coming episodes.

We also have a very drama-filled weigh in for you. Tab is on week 5 of Maintenance, how’s that going? And even more dramatic – how was Greg’s first weigh in as a Lifetime Member?

The Weigh In also leads us into our Freestyle talk, where the topic is Scale Standoff – how to handle a plateau. We’ve talked about this topic a lot lately, and this week we reinforce the tools you can use.

Greg’s at the Farmer’s Market

Greg took a trip to our local Farmer’s Market for the new segment “Farmer’s Market Finds”, and came home with a bunch of ramps. What are they? What do they taste like? How do you use them? We’ll let you know!

You guys, Tab is super excited about this week’s recipe corner. You can find the recipe for Run Fast Eat Slow’s Wild Salmon Sweet Potato Cakes by clicking on this link.  (Sorry for the external link, but since we don’t have permission from the publisher to reprint it, we’d rather be safe than sorry!)

What we did differently: We replaced the almond flour with Quest Multipurpose Baking Mix, and instead of frying the cakes in oil, we placed them on a pan in our air fryer and cooked on 4 minutes per side.

They were so delicious, we ate them up before snapping a picture. What’s wrong with us?

Finally, our sneak peek of next week’s episode – Tab’s running the Cinco de Miler 5 mile race, we make Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa, we share our BBQ report, and… drumroll… will Tab stick the landing and make Lifetime?

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Episode 13: Flamin’ Hot BBQ Tips!



We’re super pleased to bring you Episode 13!

We give a shout-out to some listeners (hi, Spain!) and share how we did with our Race Against Extinction 5K race goals.

We beat Extinction!

In the Weigh In, we check in with Greg to see how he’s doing on Lifetime, and find out how Tab’s Maintenance is going. Only a few more weeks!

Our Freestyle discussion centers around how hard it can be to be kind to yourself, and how we can start going about that.

Guess what? It’s just about warm enough here in Chicago to BBQ, and so we’ve busted out our Flamin’ Hot BBQ Tips! Little bits of advice we have to keep your gatherings on the Weight Watchers-friendly tip. We’re just getting started on this topic. We want your feedback so we can all plan for success this summer and make it the best season yet!

In Recipe Corner, we get you started on your healthy BBQ season by encouraging you to adapt this Martha Stewart New England Grilled Seafood Bake by trimming back the butter and/or using Brummel and Brown instead. It’s one of our favorites because it’s so easy, but it tastes so decadent. We’ve used salmon and cod in this packet, and they’re both equally good. Try your own favorite fish!

Look at these fancy beauties!

Finally, our sneak peek: it’s farmer’s market season and ramp season, so we’re going to figure out what ramps are, and how to cook them! We’ll have that next episode!

Don’t forget to follow us on all the sosh meeds: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. On Connect, Greg is @ChuBGreg and Tab is @chitownrun.
Don’t forget if you enjoy our podcast, sharing is caring, so please share about us in your meetings, Facebook groups, and among your friends. It’s the greatest compliment you could give us!
You can also find us on TuneIn.com – so check us out and subscribe there if iTunes isn’t your thing.

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.
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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)


Episode Seven: Craving Roundup



Hello friends! We’re back with Episode Seven and a whole lot of content for you to enjoy.

This week, we tackle our weigh-in ups and downs, which leads us, fittingly, into the “Bounceback” Freestyle conversation. If you’re struggling with a plateau, this is definitely the episode for you, as Tab struggles to make sense of what the heck her body is doing, and Greg tinkers with the numbers to keep himself on track during Maintenance.

We also have a lot of fun discussing our favorite snack-attack solutions. We cover how to handle coffee without going overboard on points, what our favorite sweet-treats are, and some savory solutions to the munchies.

And guess what? It’s time for Greg’s first foray into the Recipe Corner! He dabbled with some pizza fixings and wonton wrappers and our air fryer (just get one, already) and came up with a fun version of pizza rolls. Then he dove back into the kitchen and came up with a sweet version with bananas and sugar-free chocolate chips. It’s bonkers. Just listen.

Stay tuned for Episode 8 – we’re going to give you our Top 10 Favorite Costco finds, and don’t forget to let us know if you’d be into a YouTube channel from us!

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Episode Six: The Best “Two Ingredient” Dough; or, Third Time’s the Charm



We’re back and we’ve got sound effects! After a bit of a delay while we waited for Greg’s computer to adventure it’s way to another state and back, we’re finally back up and running with those ridiculous sounds. We know, we know… you’ll miss our singing.

This week we cover our weigh-ins, and see how Maintenance is treating Greg.

In the Freestyle, we talk about what it means to make effective and achievable goals for yourself, and how to set yourself up for success in a chaotic world.

Don’t forget, we have a coupon code for 20% off at The Original Worm, so go get your personal massage roller needs fulfilled by using code WATCH20!

Roll those aches away with The Original Worm!

Hey, also in Recipe Corner… we don’t mean to brag, but we think we’ve found the absolute perfect version of the Two Ingredient Dough recipe. Trick is, a third (and fourth?) ingredient. Still super-simple, but BETTER. Just trust us. Try it and let us know how you like it. Shout out to @dwardcooks on Instagram for the inspiration.

More Than Two Ingredient Dough Bagels

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup self-rising flour
  2. a scant 3/4 cup fat free greek yogurt
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 1 tsp baking powder
  5. pinch of salt
  6. bagel seasoning (optional)

Steps:

    • Fill a large pot with water and put on to boil.
    • In a mixing bowl with a dough hook attachment put the following:
      • Just shy of 3/4 cup Fat Free Greek Yogurt – Fill 3/4 cup, take out a scoop. For real. Don’t be shy. You can plop a little in at a time if the dough is dry.
      • 1 EGG!!
      • 1 cup self rising flour
      • Pinch of salt
      • About a tsp baking powder
      • Mix the dough at low speed until it pulls away from the bowl and clings to the hook, or creates a ball. Give it some time. If it’s wet looking, next time take out a bigger blob of yogurt from your measuring cup, but for now, just dump it onto a well-floured surface, sprinkle a little more flour on top and knead it until it holds together and doesn’t stick like a son-of-a-gun.
      • Cut that sucker into 4 equal balls, poke a hole in the middle and expand the hole out. I like to put my finger in the hole and make the bagel spin around it like a doughy hula-hoop. But that’s me.
      • Using a spatula, place the bagels into the boiling water that you so smartly set up earlier. Allow each bagel to rise to the top, reaching it’s dreams. Flip it over. Let it boil for another 10 seconds or so. Take each bagel out and place on a plate. Try not to let them touch. It’ll be tough, cause they’ll be puffy.
      • Brush each bagel with egg wash and sprinkle with your favorite bagel topping, flip them over and do it again on the other side.
      • SPRAY THE BASKET OF YOUR AIR FRYER WITH COOKING SPRAY. Unless it’s directions say never to do that. Then don’t. I don’t know your life. We always do, because between the egg wash and the dough, these bagels will stick to the basket.
      • Cook for 10 – 12 minutes at 390 in your air fryer.
      • Marvel at their beauty while they cool.
      • ENJOY the magic by making a delicious breakfast sandwich like this one:
This Breakfast Bagel is a thing of beauty.

And finally, we discuss the new Ben & Jerry Moophoria light ice cream flavors. Oh my. They’re yummy. Have you tried them? What do you think?

Thanks for listening, and if there are topics you’d like to hear us talk about, just let us know in the comments! Don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes and visit us everywhere on the sosh-meeds like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.


Episode Five: Do you need an Air Fryer?



We’re so happy to bring you this week’s episode!

We talk about Greg’s first week on Maintenance, and how he’s taking on that challenge, and we check in with Tab’s weigh-in to see is she’s still trending upwards.

We also talk about how we handle stress, and offer other solutions that have worked for us when we’re trying to handle those feelings in our day to day life.

In Tech Talk, we share our opinion about the other hot appliance that so many Weight Watcher message boards seem to be buzzing over – the Air Fryer. Worth it, or no?

For Recipe Corner, we introduce a recipe modification for the Instant Pot – do you like Starbucks Sous Vide eggs? Well we’ve got a copycat version for you. Check it!

Serves 4 people

Difficulty Level: Easy

Ingredients

  • 4item(s)egg(s)
    0 Points
  • 4slice(s)cooked turkey bacon
    3 Points
  • 1cup(s)shredded fat-free Cheddar cheese
    4 Points
  • 12cup(s)1% low fat cottage cheese
    2 Points
  • 14cup(s)fat-free plain Greek yogurt
    0 Points

Instructions

  • Cook the bacon and set aside.

  • Put the rest of the ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.

  • Separate the bacon evenly between the silicone molds, then top with egg mixture.

  • Put trivet in instant pot, and pour in a cup of water. Place the silicone molds on the trivet (can cover with aluminum foil). Close cover and set to steam for 8 minutes. NPR for 10 minutes then QR the rest.

  • Remove from Instant pot carefully, and allow to cool for a couple of minutes. Can be enjoyed immediately, or stored for up to a week.

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