WIAW: The ‘Simply Filling’ Edition

Another Wednesday means another What I Ate Wednesday post. I’m so glad I finally started playing along with this phenomenon started by Jenn at Peas and Crayons. It’s fun to share — and to see what other people are eating. Some of the other participants’ pictures make my mouth water.

Alas,  my photos aren’t usually that stunning. But I share them anyway, as I try to figure out how to eat to lose weight.

This week, I bring you a very special WIAW: My first one in which I’m following Weight Watchers’ “Simply Filling” technique. In a nutshell, you don’t have to count Points when you’re doing Simply Filling — as long as you’re eating foods from the Power Foods list. Foods not on the list, you do count — and you can have up to 49 Points’ worth a week.

Let’s get to the eats:


Berrylicious smoothie

A Berry-licious smoothie: frozen strawberrries, raspberries and mango (about 1 cup each), 1/2 cup plain, fat-free Greek yogurt, 1 cup almond milk and 1 1/2 cups water. The glass was overflowing — had to drink some from the pitcher. It was okay. I’m just not a big fan of raspberry seeds.

After downing about a third of the smoothie, I put a lid on it and hopped on the treadmill.

Walk 04092013 Spa day

Twenty minutes later, at speeds of up to 3.7 mph and an incline of up to 3.5 percent, breakfast was gone and I’d covered 1.19 miles.

Not stellar, by any means … but better than skipping another workout. It made me feel accomplished.

Actually, the worst part was getting started. I told myself to do at least 10 minutes … but once I was on the treadmill, I wanted to go until I hit a mile. Then, I was so close to 20 minutes that I kept going. I even considered going for 30 — but I had limited time to grab a shower and roast the asparagus and brussels sprouts I bought Monday before I had to be somewhere.

That’s right. After tweeting about wanting a massage last night, I decided I deserved one. I have, after all, lost nearly 30 pounds since rejoining WW in January. With that in mind, I took a tiny portion of my tax refund to the Aveda salon and got myself a massage. It had been more than a year since my last one, so I was due. Plus, I was hoping it’d dissipate the low-grade headache I’d had since waking. (Perhaps a reaction to switching to Simply Filling?)

It. Was. Amazing. Like I told the massage therapist, Jenny, once I become a bestselling author, I’m going to have one weekly. Maybe even twice a week.

Sadly, it did not make the headache go away. In fact, when I left the salon, I drove over to Safeway intending to pick up a latte from Starbucks on the way in to work … and ended up sitting in the car, not wanting to move, for about 15 minutes. I may have napped off and on for a few moments.

How can a massage feel so good while it’s happening, yet make you feel like you’ve been hit by a fire truck afterward?

I did eventually make it inside the store for that latte — but I didn’t drink even a sip on the drive to the office. When I got to work, I didn’t even grab my late lunch right away. You know something’s not right when I don’t want to eat …

I popped a couple of ibuprofen and eventually felt like putting food in my stomach.

Late lunch

It's a wrap

It’s a wrap: Low-carb whole wheat tortilla smeared with 1/2 cup fat-free refried beans, 2 T cheese, bell pepper strips and spinach, with a side of salsa for dipping. Very simple, yet wholly delicious. And the only thing that wasn’t a Power Food was the cheese.

I’m sorry, but I can’t make myself eat that fat-free crap that masquerades as cheese. I’d rather have some 2% milk cheese and count it toward my weekly 49.

You can see what’s left of my Starbucks latte in this shot, too. I drank a good portion of it with the pain meds.

Late afternoon snack

Turkey and mini cucumber

Deli turkey and a mini cucumber, cut into spears. I wrapped the turkey around the cucumber pieces. Tasty even without any hummus or dip.


Tuna-Quinoa Cake, roasted veggies & quinoa

Eaten at close to 8 p.m.: 3/4 cup quinoa with roasted brussels sprouts and asparagus and one of Lindsay’s Tuna-Quinoa Cakes. Love those things!

Somewhere around 9 p.m., I broke into dessert. It was some fresh pineapple that I forgot to photograph.

My missing pineapple

My missing pineapple

Watch out, Wendy's.

Watch out, Wendy’s.

When I got home from work, I decided I did want another snack … so I whipped up the same chocolate smoothie I had last night: 1 cup cold water, 10 ice cubes and a WW chocolate smoothie packet. It really does remind me of a Frosty — a little icier, perhaps, but still yummy. It satisfies the sweet tooth.

I must say, my food is a bit prettier with all those veggies.

That’s good to know, even if I won’t win prizes for culinary photography anytime soon.

Want more WIAW? Hop on over to Peas & Crayons to see what everyone else is eating. You’re sure to get some new ideas. I know I always do.


11 responses to “WIAW: The ‘Simply Filling’ Edition

    • Thanks. Chocolate is my fave. I’m trying to figure out how to recreate it when the smoothie packets are gone. Banana, cocoa and ice, perhaps?

  1. So a little random, but I spotted your glass bowl for supper. Pyrex? My dad loves the stuff. We just replaced all of your plastic containers in our cupboard with glass ones. Much easier to keep track of things and just so much better for you.

    Lol. And how about the food that’s actually in the glass bowl? 🙂 The tuna cakes sound fabulous!

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