I officially started the Weight Watchers Simple Start program 2 weeks ago. I can’t even tell you how hesitant I was to just eat off a list of Power Foods until I was “satisfied” and expect to lose weight. I’m an old school Points-counter; how could this work? Do the good people of Weight Watchers know how much I can eat?!
I decided to take to Twitter to inform my gazillions of followers (um, please follow me) of my progress. It was humorous journey, obviously best told through embedded tweets. If you want to know if the Simple Start program worked, just read until the end!
I’ve got the sads. This was a direct quotation from a friend and I’s gchat today:
I’m just eating fat free cottage cheese out of the container
and working late
there was a fuzzy in my cottage cheese and I felt too sad to pick it out
this is what my life is now
I’m sure this has happened to the majority of us. Sometimes when you’re sad, eating a stray piece of lint seems much better than the alternative of picking the lint out. Sometimes when you’re sad you need to find ways to make yourself not so sad, like searching for lamb cupcakes to be your friends on the internets. Other times, you just want to live in your sads, like your favorite pair of comfy pants. I’ve decided to fully embrace the pitifulness, stepping into the abyss, purchasing what might be the single saddest thing I’ve ever seen, at Aldi of all places, a locale that usually makes me wildly happy with very cheap prices:
This is what my life has come to – individual cups of green beans, shelf-stable, single serving. SIGH.
Pause with me for a moment, internets, while we really feel the sads.
Ok, are we done? I’m done, because actually, as you can see, these things are awesome for your diet! They’re next to no calories, and they’re totally friendly for desktop dining, particularly if you lack refrigeration at your workplace (sorry). The green beans are 10 calories per serving, the corn is 30. 0 points. Each has 140 milligrams of sodium. Is that a lot? I don’t know.
This is what a serving looks like fancy-style, on a dinner plate with other dinner items:
They’re kind of pretty perfect, if you ask me. They tasted like (drumroll) green beans, and maybe just a hint classier than those in a can. I’m going to throw the whole lot of them in my train bag for this week at work. And…if there’s a fuzzy or two in there, I may just have the strength to pick it out. Maybe.
When you are an important executive, like myself, you may one day find yourself with two vital pieces of office machinery in your private work suite. These items are: a microwave and a mini-fridge. The mini-fridge is especially indispensable for filing away your most important files (a 6 pack of Bud Light), and the microwave is critical to your overall desktop dining experience, lending its magical heating powers to your favorite new work lunch: the Refried Bean Surprise. Allow me to tell you how this delightful dish came to pass.
I’ve recently re-joined Weight Watchers – that Jessica Simpson got me all pumped about the Simple Start two week program:
Ok, this body has made zero amazing little human beings, however, it’s eaten a lot of amazing donuts & pizza and drank its fair share of booze, which is sort of like the same thing.
Enter the Weight Watchers Simple Start program. It’s easy – eat until you’re satisfied from a prescribed list of Power Foods, lose weight. Take 7 Points Pluses a day for fun stuff not included in the list, like doughnuts and booze.
Weight Watchers Simple Start List of Power Foods
It really is that simple – and it works. I lost 3.2 pounds in my first week; I’ll keep you posted on the results of the second week.
But what I’m really getting at here is that my favorite “Power Food” from the list is fat free refried beans, specifically the Old El Paso spicy ones. These mushed up beauties are an essential source of protein and deliciousness in my new simple diet. Combine them with almost any meat, a sprinkle of fat free cheese (it’s as disappointing as you might imagine), a liberal dousing of hot sauce, some fat free Greek yogurt to top it off, and you’ve got yourself a truly respectable office meal. It’s like a tostada without all the best parts, but with cheese that almost melts – kind of. Just look at this thing of beauty – yes, I know it’s hard to believe, but I’m losing weight eating that.
Refried Bean Surprise
At this point, I’m sure you’re dying to know what the surprise is. Well, the surprise is that fat free Greek yogurt does not taste exactly like sour cream, as promised by my best friend, Renee. The first day I tried it as a substitute was in a bowl of chili, resulting in a big blob of yogurt in my chili. Cool. That being said, the fat free Greek yogurt does work a little better in Mexican-themed dishes, especially if you put enough hot sauce on it.
If you’d like to try your hand at making Refried Bean Surprise in your own office, I’m sure you can figure it out for yourselves, but just in case, here’s the recipe:
Fat Free Refried Beans (you’ll need a can opener if you’re making this at your desk)
Meat (beef, chicken, pork) I used some sort of beef I found at Aldi they claimed was perfect for making a Mexican-sounding dish that I cannot remember. I found it to be a cross between ground beef and steak. I dumped some fajita seasoning in it and threw it in the crockpot.
Fat Free Cheese (ugh)
Hot Sauce (don’t skimp)
Fat Free Greek Yogurt (or fat free sour cream)
Put some refried beans on a plate. Spread them around in a pleasing fashion.
Put some meat on top of the beans.
Sprinkle a liberal dose of fat free cheese on top.
Heat in the microwave just long enough for the entire office to smell like Refried Bean Surprise, about 2 minutes.
Debate whether to put the hot sauce or the yogurt on first. I’m sure it doesn’t matter. Again, you can figure this out.
Optional toppings: I could see lettuce, tomato, onion and cilantro working nicely with this.
Umami Burger is all the rage in Wicker Park these days, just like hipsters used to be – I think they’re on the way out, yes? I’m not cool enough to know what exactly has replaced all the skinny jeans, beards and PBR, but I’m guessing Umami Burger is a contender for that list, judging on how much hype this place is getting. Yeah, maybe instead of hipsters, WP will now be full of clean shaven dudes drinking cider and eating burgers. #BurgerPark. Weird.
But, Umami Burger! I’d wanted to go a few weeks ago when my #BFF was in town from Nashville, but we opted for Little Goat Diner instead. I got a chance to revisit my wish this past Sunday, when my jet-setting roommate (for reals, she’s a flight attendant) and I took a stroll down the street after reading all the Umami Burger Yelp reviews, and deciding against Antique Taco and Pot Pan.
We got there close to 8 p.m. on a Sunday night, and there was a 25-30 minute wait. Not a problem in this neighborhood, kids. Take your pick from all the bars up and down Milwaukee. We opted for one of my favorites standby’s, Nick’s Beer Garden, had a quick drink and were texted by the hostess that our table was ready within the advertised wait time. Read on »
Hi, I'm Katie, the founder, sole blogger and chief Wordpress experimentalist of Dining at My Desk. Spawned after a lengthy Facebook review of yet another Lean Cuisine eaten at my desk, I decided I needed more characters in which to spew both my love and hatred of the prototypical American worker's lunch staple. Thus was born Dining at My Desk.