Saturday, March 5, 2011

Cinnamon Blueberry Oatmeal - Why Weight Watchers, Why Now?

In truth, this blog should be titled, "Say Farewell to the Big Stacked Bowls" because my video, charming as it was, inspired me to get back into healthy eating - a topic I actually know a lot about, though you wouldn't necessarily know it from my butter laden posts of late.

Oh well, into every life a little butter must fall.

In the meantime, I have signed up at Weight Watchers online and have to tell you, so far I am super impressed with the program.

How it works is that you are given a certain amount of daily points and then another bunch of "bonus points."

You use their online food tracker and submit what you plan to eat and the program deducts your points for you. So for example, this morning I had Cinnamon Blueberry Oatmeal (recipe to follow)


















The entire meal had a food value of four points. My daily points are 31, so I now have 27 points to go.

Oh!!! And all fruits and most vegetables are FREE - meaning they have 0 points so you can eat them to your hearts content.

This is wonderful for me because I love fruit and most diets restrict it somewhat.

WW, however, feels less like a diet and more like a re-training program toward healthier options, choices, and portion size.

I also have 49 bonus points for the week that I can use if I want to go out to dinner, have a glass of wine here and there, or develop a primal urge for chocolate cake.

You know THAT'S gonna happen.

Meanwhile, you can also earn more points with exercise and activity - if I go and work in the yard today and take the dog for a walk, I would submit those activities and could then indulge in a little something extra.

Talk about the perfect system for a goal oriented Type A such as myself!

So while I've only just begun and am in the "I love this and can do anything!" stage - I promise to keep everyone informed and will let you know how this goes and if it is working for me.

Now, the oatmeal!

At 275 calories per serving and 4 grams of fat, I have to tell you, this was absolutely yummy.


















Cook a half cup of oats in 1 cup boiling scantly salted water. Turn heat to a low gentle boil and cook until oats are soft and water is absorbed.

In the meantime, thaw 1/2 cup frozen, unsweetened blueberries in the microwave - about a minute on defrost in a cereal bowl.

Mix together 1 Tbsp brown sugar with 1/8 tsp cinnamon.

When the oatmeal is cooked, spoon it onto the blueberries. Sprinkle 1/2 the Tbsp cinnamon sugar mix (or less according to taste) over top and save the other Tbsp for another day. Top with 3 Tbsp low fat, or soy milk and gently stir.

Enjoy!



9 comments:

  1. Good for you! I loved those bonus points to cover some cravings. They helped when I reached the "I'd cut you for that slice of pizza you are chowing on!" stage.

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  2. LYNDS...

    WW WAS THE LAST SUCCESSFUL DIET I
    WAS ON, LONG B4 THE POINTS SYSTEM,
    4 A TOTAL OF 25 POUNDS OUTTA HERE, BACK IN ABOUT '87 OR '88.

    I WISH U THE GREATEST SUCCESS AND
    SEE U AS A "WHEN I MAKE UP MY MIND
    I'M GONNA MAKE IT ALL THE WAY" KINDA GAL, A VERY STRONG, STEREOTYPICAL TAURUS TRAIT IN MOST OF THE TAURUS' CLOSE 2 ME.

    PLEASE KEEP YER PROGRESS UPDATED SO
    I CAN DIET VICARIOUSLY THRU U, AND I PROMISE 2 KEEP U POSTED ON MY WALKING PROGRESS AND LET U KNOW WHEN I'M READY 4 MY TABLE DANCING LESSONS!

    XOXOXOXOXOXOX

    TOWANDA, BABY!

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  3. sounds yummy and looks like WW has improved since the old days!! great blog and good luck!

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  4. Oh, I love my blueberries, so this is a must for breakfast!

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  5. Angelnina, I'm thinking this might be delicious with almond milk. I plan to make some.

    Erin, me too. WW is the only diet I have ever had success with - it worked for me back in the day and has really improved since then.

    Everyone - I'm actually quite excited about this. Just went for an hour long walk jog on my old route and felt alive in ways I haven't in awhile.

    Okay. I know it's only, like, day 3 - but still...

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  6. Lyndsay, I used WW online 4 years ago to lose 25 lbs. (and have kept it off). LOVED IT! Good luck to you! I eat oatmeal for breakfast all the time, year-round. I just love it. Mine is little more fattening than yours though as I add a bit of honey to mine (in addition to the brown sugar, lol).

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  7. My friend Terry is a big fan of your blogs, but she never comments and she isn't involved with social media much. (Doesn't even have a Facebook profile. Can you imagine?) I would love for the two of you to be in touch. She has been doing WW for a year and those of us who work with her call her "skinny biotch" to her face. She replies with, "Thank you!" She is inspired and inspiring and a total poster child for WW as a retraining rather than a diet. She eats and prepares great food and looks great! I know you are going to achieve whatever goals you set for yourself--and inspire the rest of us along the way!

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  8. I really am considering this. If fruits and vegetables are free and the online program maps things out for you, this sounds very doable.

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  9. Good morning WW friend..You will need to let me know your online name so we can be friends...I am the total opposite, I need friends to help me because my self disipline is terrible!! I have 2 local friends who are on it and we are going to go to meetings together...:) If you are waning get to a meeting it does help get you back on track!!

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