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It was inevitable, considering where I work, that at some point I would have to post some book recommendations.  Two titles revealed themselves to me today.  Although I’ve not read either (one I have the other, I will have to purchase) they both seemed promising so I thought I’d share them any way.

The first title I spied on our new non-fiction cart at the Howard County Library – “52 Small Changes: One Year to a Happier, Healthier You” by Brett Blumenthal.  The title alone intrigued me.  From skimming through it (and reading the back cover) it seems to adhere to many of the same things we learn in Weight Watchers.  I loved the first line on the back cover and I quote “Let’s face it: change is easier said than done, especially when it comes to managing your health amidst the chaos of everyday life.

The basis of this book is to make 1 small change each week and in a year’s time you’ll be healthier and happier.  Very much the same thing we learn at Weight Watchers.  Our leader, Pat,  often asks when someone has a celebration “What did you change or do differently?”  Each of us changes many things from eating healthier to exercising more to controlling our portions.  I think this book can only help me on my journey and support what I’ve already learned from the wise and wonderful members of Weight Watchers.  I highly recommend reading it – check your local library or buy from your favorite bookstore.

The second title came to me via Facebook this afternoon.  I happened to check my news feed when I saw a post from Weight Watchers Supermarket Foods about a new cookbook “Weight Watchers One Pot Cookbook“.  Again I haven’t read these recipes yet so I can’t really say how great this book is but I’ve not been disappointed by any of the Weight Watcher cookbooks I’ve bought so far.  What I really like about this link on Facebook was that the site selling this book links to many vendors including Kobo, Sony Reader and iBooks so for those who love e-books you have options and for those who love “tree books” you can order from Barnes & Noble, Amazon or Books a Million among others.  I downloaded samples from both Barnes and Noble and for Kindle to use on my Asus Transformer Prime tablet.

I’m looking forward to both of these titles (one in “tree book” form) and the other (the cookbook) I’m going to purchase in e-book format so I can use it on my tablet while cooking.  I don’t think you could go wrong with either one as you will gleam some piece of information or a recipe that can change, even if it’s a small one, how you are doing things today.


Best Laid Plans…

…of mice and men or in this case woman.  How ironic that talking about planning was part of the last Weight Watchers meeting I attended.  I had “planned” to blog about that meeting a few days after it happened instead of 2 weeks later.  I “planned” to attend last weekend’s meeting but Mother Nature had something else in mind.  Sometimes the old saying of “Man makes plans and God laughs” is very true.

Our leader, Pat, started off the meeting with a quote “Goals you want to reach without a plan is just a wish”.  Planning is a big part of Weight Watchers and having a healthy journey.  I have learned that planning my meals out for the week works better than when I don’t.  I don’t plan down to the detail of x meal is on x night but I do plan out what meals I’m going to make for that week and buy accordingly at the grocery store.  Several other members shared that they too find that planning their meals works well for them.

Planning includes finding new recipes.  I love how many recipes are on e-tools as well as all the great Weight Watchers cookbooks.  Keep in mind that if you use a cookbook that was released prior to the PointsPlus 2012 plan you might need to re-calculate things (just double check that the points listed are still the same).  Also another feature of e-tools is the recipe builder.  A great way to find out if that recipe you think is low points truly is.  You enter in the ingredients and number of servings then recipe builder figures out how many points per serving.  A member shared that a great web site to find new recipes is  Great thing is you can find recipes based on the amount of points you want to use for that meal.

Another great way to plan is double your recipes.  Use the extra portions as lunches for the week.  Use convenience foods to help you plan better.  Chopping takes up a lot of time but you can use pre-chopped vegetables to help you fix those recipes quicker.  But what if you don’t always have the time to cook meals?  Great thing about this plan is that you have options.  Weight Watchers makes a lot of great food you can buy and don’t ever have to cook.  So it doesn’t matter whether you are a budding Bobby Flay or have two left hands when it comes to the kitchen you can still plan ahead and use options to help you achieve your goals.

Additional Goodies

Got to thinking about what other holiday ideas you might want to get a WW member on your list.

Several things came to mind under Workouts

  • Fitbit – tracks your everyday steps, stairs climbed, calories burned, and more, motivating you throughout the day.
  • Up by Jawbone – track your steps, distance, calories burned, pace, intensity level, active vs inactive time, GPS routes and more.
  • Bath puffs for the shower after your workout

And one more for the cooks out there – the brand new Weight Watchers Points Plus Power Foods cookbook – a bit expensive here on but only $14.95 at your local Weight Watchers store

Hope some of these ideas help with your holiday shopping for the fit-minded on your lists.