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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 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!

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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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Episode Four: The Acapella Episode



This week we had a tech setback. Greg’s computer, where all of our sound cues live, has decided to take a nap. We’re working on getting it sorted out, but in the meantime, we hope you enjoy our solution.

This week we discuss our weigh ins, but it’s not business as usual. Spoiler alert: Greg has reached his goal! It’s exciting, but it also means a shift in how he works the program, and he talks about how it’s affecting him mentally.

Amber Linde
Amber Linde is a talented improviser specializing in musical improv, an instructor at The Second City, a regular performer at iO. When not pursuing her art, she also works for such organizations as Deborah’s Place and Chicago House. Feel free to reach out to her on Facebook or Connect!

We also have our very first interview with the talented and hard-working Amber Linde. When she’s not teaching, performing, studying for her social work degree, or putting in hours actually doing social work, and planning her wedding, she’s somehow finding time to fit in exercise, and practicing the Weight Watchers program. If you ever struggle with priorities or time management, have a listen to how Amber handles it!


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Episode Three – Guess What? It’s Yogurt



Welcome to our third episode of Watchin’ Weight. We asked you all a question on the sosh-medes; would you rather hear our thoughts on an Instant Pot, or on an air fryer?

Well today’s episode has the results, and our honest thoughts on the item of your choice! Have a listen, and let us know if you agree.

We also talk about our weigh ins, our thoughts on what it means for us to “Move more” and rate the recipe we teased last week – the Egg Roll Bowl! (spoiler: it’s delish!)

Here’s the rough draft of how we did it, recipe-wise. If the photos of the recipe aren’t working out for you, let us know. We’d love to get a more recipe-format-friendly site, but seem to have Widget and Plugins restrictions with this blubrry hosted site.

 

Looking for an Egg Roll, but don't want to go the deep fried route? Try this healthy alternative!
Egg Roll Bowl

 

You can find Tab on Nike+ by searching for her name (Tabetha Wells), and let us know if you’re running any races in the Chicago area this spring/summer so we can keep each other motivated in training!

Have a great week!

 

 


Introducing Watchin’ Weight – the Podcast



Meet Tab & Greg

Welcome friends, to our sneak-peek episode of Watchin’ Weight – The Podcast.

In today’s mini-episode, we introduce ourselves and what you can expect when you tune in over the coming weeks when we talk about our experiences with Weight Watchers, weight-loss and living that sweet, sweet Freestyle life.

Join us, won’t you?