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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!

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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 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 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


  • 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


  • 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!



Episode Two: Battle of the Bars

Welcome to Episode Two of Watchin’ Weight with Tab & Greg! In this weeks episode, we talk about our weigh-ins, reveal the results of our Twitter Poll, and talk about eating out on Weight Watchers.

We also “Rate Those Bars!” in our first ever review – do you agree with our Weight Watchers mini bar countdown?

Finally, we share a terrific cheesecake recipe from @wwpounddropper that Tab found on Instagram.

Check out this 1 point Chocolate Cheesecake!

Shout out this week to Jen at Urban Yenta – thanks for sharing our podcast! Be sure to check out Urban Yenta Blog for great tips on health, self-care and lifestyle. 

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Episode One – Freestyle Talk

Welcome to Episode One of Watchin’ Weight with Tab & Greg! We are so excited to bring you this week’s podcast where we talk about our experience with Weight Watchers’ Freestyle program, check in about our weigh-ins, and talk about some recipes we’ve been tinkering with using the increasing popular, internet-breaking, 2 ingredient dough.

If you’re curious about how to make the 2 ingredient dough we talked about during the podcast, you can check out Skinnytaste for directions and helpful photos.

Can you even stand how yummy these cinnamon rolls look, with their cream cheese frosting?

Oh yeah! We also play a quick round of Super Bowl “Is it Worth It” – add your voice to our Twitter poll (and click “Follow” while you’re there).

Let us know if there’s anything you’d like to hear us talk about, and have a great week!