Google to the Rescue!

November 12, 2016

Since the last time Bunny did Weight Watchers, a wonderful thing has happened. Someone went to every restaurant, figured out all the SmartPoints for everything on the menu, and posted it all online! No more wondering what they put in the dish, and how many points are hiding under the lettuce leaves. No more wondering whether that bite of biscuit was 2 points or 222, and what about that teensy dollop of apple butter?

Bunny and Buff went to BJ’s Brewhouse for dinner the other night. Bunny found a nice chicken dish on their light menu page. (It had brussels sprouts, but she figured she’d just ignore them. Turned out they were pretty good!) While waiting for the food and sipping on her 8-point glass of charbouncingbunnydonnay, Bunny googled the restaurant, and Lo! There was the exact dish she ordered, all set out on a food label with all the info she needed to calculate the WW points!

Since then, a little more digging has turned up a page called fastfoodnutrition.org, which has a list of all kinds of restaurants, and provides the SmartPoints for all their goodies, including Panera, Starbucks, Domino’s Pizza, and even Baskin-Robbins!!!

This is a wonderful tool. If you’re trying to keep to a points system, check it out!

Oh….did we mention that at her Week 1 Weigh-In, Bunny lost 7 lbs.? That’s half the weight of her cat!

Woo-hoooooooo!!!!!!

 

Body by XBox?

January 18, 2011

Remember Mollie, Bunny’s workout buddy?

She had to go out of town for a while on family business. Bunny is watching her house, feeding her plants, taking care of things.

Since she won’t be around to herd Bunny to the gym, she put a new plan in motion.

Mollie has an XBox 360. She wants Bunny to use it while she’s gone. Mollie set up a profile for Bunny and showed her how to use it. Bunny has had a lot of fun setting up her avatar. An animated Bunny. Interesting.

This kind of device is completely foreign to Bunny. She is not big on video games. She only plays a couple of those stupid Zynga games on Facebook. This one has a device called a Kinect sensor. It is a mystical, magical eye that finds you, identifies you, and responds to commands you issue with a wave of your hand.

Mollie showed Bunny how to play two games. Well, games. Kind of games. Not really games. One is KinectAnimals (or maybe it’s KinectAmals? KinectAbleAnimals?). Bunny adopted a bengal tiger cub and can play with it. She pretends to throw a virtual ball, and the kitty fetches it. She can wrestle with her pet tiger on the “grass” by rolling on the floor of her living room. She scritches his head, and he purrs.

Bunny was having fun with this until she caught Mollie’s cat watching her. She stopped, turned it off, threw the real cat a real ball, snuggled him and petted him. He purred. This seemed to be a better way to spend her time.

But how do they do that? Bunny’s not really in to rolling on the floor, but speaking of that, the second thing Mollie wanted Bunny to play is called Your Shape Fitness Evolved.

Personalized fitness. Real results.

Uh-oh.

This is a trick. This is sneaky Mollie’s plot to get Bunny to play this fitnessy un-game.

There are games, and there’s working out. You can’t fool Bunny into saying one is the other. Unfortunately.

Fine, OK, whatever, Bunny conceded. What do I do?

The relatives Mollie is staying with, in one of those states that has all the snow, also has an XBox. Mollie set herself up as Bunny’s “friend.” This is nice. Bunny can look at animated Mollie and see when she was last logged on, and what games she has been playing. If Mollie and Bunny are logged on at the same time, Bunny can tell what she’s doing right at that moment.

Of course, that also means that Mollie can see what Bunny’s doing.

Sneaky sneaky.

So Bunny can’t fake it. She can’t say that she was doing the workouts with this Your Shape thing unless she actually did. Mollie would know. Even worse, Mollie can apparently set up a “party” and do the workouts WITH Bunny.

How awful is this?

So, after stalling for a couple of weeks, Bunny stumbled over to Mollie’s house early last Saturday morning, fed the cat, watered the plants, and popped the DVD in.

A nice, helpful voice came on, welcoming her to Your Shape Fitness Evolved, and telling her how wonderful it was all going to be.

MorningIt told her where to stand. It told her how to determine the parameters of her designated spot. It knew when she stepped out of the spot (I’m just reaching for my damned coffee, okay?) It asked her for her gender. It wanted to know her age (it started in the 20’s and went up two years at a time, so it took a while). Then it asked for her weight.

Bunny froze.

Is this the program where the lady tells you that you might as well give up right now because you’re such a fat slob?!

Nope, that’s that Jillian person on Wii. This lady was nice. Thank goodness.

When entering her weight, it started in the 120’s (HA!) and went up, again, two pounds at a time. She finished on Wednesday. Not really, but she WAS holding her hand in the air for a very long time while the two pounds clicked off dozens of times. In fact, she accidentally moved her hand the wrong way, and it stopped before she was at her real weight. Oopsie!

Is that ME?

Is that ME?

Next, a screen came up with a woman doing exercises. She was on the left-hand side of the TV screen. On the right-hand side was a large grayish blob that was moving approximately the same way Bunny was moving.

The large grayish blob was Bunny, as seen by the Kinect sensor.

Oh Lord, this just keeps getting worse.

When the voice cheerfully instructed Bunny to smile while they took a photo for Bunny’s Your Shape profile, the sweats-clad, makeup-free Bunny grabbed her unbrushed hair and ran into the other room.

“Please step back into the target area.”

Horrification!

Open the pod bay doors, Hal…

OK, this is just creepy! Bunny lost it. She grabbed the controller, shut off the XBox and the TV without saving or exiting the program, and sat on the couch, horrified.

Your Fitness Shape Evolved should come with a warning. You think you’re alone, but you’re not alone. We’re going to take your picture and show it back to you every time you log on. And we’re going to show every move you make, in the form of a you’re-going-to-wish-it-was-not-so-accurately-shaped blob. Put on your cutest workout clothes, and don’t forget to apply lipstick. We’re watching you!

This was followed by the equally horrifying realization that since she panicked and shut the system down so abruptly, she may have to go through the whole set-up process again. If so, she’s going to tell them she’s 22 years old, 136 lbs., and when they want to take her picture, she’s going to shove Mollie’s cat’s face into the camera. He’s very photogenic.

So far, this has been rather upsetting for Bunny.

Let’s see what happens next time. After the shock wears off.

Maybe she’ll actually exercise.

Ah, technology!

Thanks, Mollie. Come back soon.

Happy New Year!

Time to refresh, reboot, recycle, and review our priorities. WebMD must have thought so too, because Bunny received an email from WebMD, offering the 22 best diet tips ever. Before reading it, she decided to make a game out of it, and see how many she could guess. Here are Bunny’s guesses:Resolutions

  1. Drink more water. Get waterlogged. Water water water.
  2. Don’t eat late in the evening, and if you do, make sure it’s sugar-free Jello or something equally benign (and yes, boring).
  3. Watch your portions. Split a meal at a restaurant with a friend, or ask them to pack up half of it before you start eating.
  4. Make healthier choices. When your friend drags you to Fatburger, have a Diet Coke and a plain salad instead of a monster-super-fat-artery-buster-burger-with-triple-cheese-and-a-half-gallon-of-1000-island dressing.
  5. Exercise. Walk, dance, swim, whatever. Stretch, move, get your heart beating.
  6. Write down what you eat. The dreaded food diary.
  7. Don’t forget breakfast, the most important meal of the day.
  8. Snack a lot, rather than having huge meals.
  9. Eat a balanced diet, from all the food groups. Whole grains, veggies, fruits, protein, dairy, what’s that other one?
  10. Diet with a friend? Bunny’s not sure about this one, but it does help to have someone to diet and exercise with, so maybe that’s it. 12 more? wow…

OK, Bunny gives up. Let’s see what she missed:

  1. #1 is water. Hah!
  2. Nighttime snacks. Wow! 2 for 2, in order!
  3. Enjoy your favorite foods? Eat one cookie instead of the whole box. Portions! She got that one!
  4. Eat a bunch of little meals rather than a couple of big ones. Yep, got that one, too.
  5. Eat protein at every meal. Oh yeah, she forgot that one.
  6. Suck on a red-hot fireball. Huh? Oh, make things spicy so your taste buds will be titillated.
  7. Stock your kitchen with healthy, convenient foods. hmm… We suppose this is so that you can make last-minute healthy meals on no notice, instead of eating something hideous because it’s the only thing in the house. OK.
  8. Order children’s portions at restaurants. OK, that’s cheating. Portions again. Plus, Bunny’s not going to do that, she’d feel like an idiot.
  9. Eat veggies instead of pasta. File that one under make healthier choices.
  10. Always eat breakfast. See? Got that one, too.
  11. Eat fiber. Yep, the food pyramid.
  12. Don’t keep fattening foods in your cupboard. That’s good advice in a perfect world for people who live alone. Bunny doesn’t, and Buff likes cookies.
  13. Lose weight slowly. HA! No problem there!
  14. Weigh yourself once a week. Preferably at a Weight Watchers meeting, in Bunny’s case. It keeps her honest. When she does it.
  15. Get enough sleep. This is Bunny’s favorite tip! zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
  16. Understand portion size. A 6-ounce stead is one serving, a 22-ounce steak is 4 servings, and a McDonald’s chocolate shake is 40 servings.
  17. Eat fruit and veggies. Duh.
  18. Limit alcohol. Fattening, and it weakens your resolve.
  19. Chew sugarless gum. Bunny missed that one. She’s not even sure she agrees with it, but whatever. It probably works for a lot of people.
  20. Food diary. Horribly boring, but effective.
  21. Celebrate success, but not with food. Buy yourself smaller-size jeans as soon as you can get your buns into them. Good idea!
  22. Get help from family and friends.

They didn’t include exercise? OK, we suppose that’s not really a diet tip. Or is it? Sure it is. Isn’t it?

Either way, Web MD offers great advice, and these are all very good tips, great resolutions for the new year.

Happy New YearBunny has a few more:

  1. Tell your friends and family right away that you’re on a diet, and elicit their help. Do this while your resolve is strong, because it will fade. (Oh boy, will it fade!) Your best friend is the one who will remember not to order chips and guac, and will slap that cookie out of your hand.
  2. Make 5-lb. goals. If you have to lose 100 lbs., think of it as a series of 5-lb. losses. Don’t focus on how many. Just a few 5-lb. losses amounts to a lot of weight.
  3. When you’re stressed or bored or whatever emotion triggers your food monster, be aware of it, address it, and sooth it some way that doesn’t involve food, alcohol, or any kind of illegal or socially unacceptable activity. In other words, don’t punch anybody or start smoking or something stupid like that–rather, go with something like yoga or meditation. Play games on your iPhone. Tend your Facebook farm. Play The Sims. (Make a sim that looks like someone who is stressing you out, and exact your revenge by making that sim miserable. Don’t judge us, it works for Bunny, it’s fun, and it keeps her nose out of the fridge.)
  4. Stay away from fast food restaurants. Really. No good can come from them.
  5. Take your vitamins before a meal. The water you have to drink will fill you up so that if you eat a big meal you’ll be miserable. Drink water first, eat less, avoid the bloat!
  6. Make friends with one healthy food, and never be without it. Bunny’s friend is tomatoes. We’ve discussed this before. When she’s scrounging the kitchen looking for trouble, tomatoes bail her out more often than not.
  7. When invited to an affair that will tempt you with cocktails and yummy little finger foods, say no. Well, that’s not very social, so maybe go, but eat first. Get a glass of wine and make it last the entire party. Sip sip sip. Head for the veggies tray, sidestep the dip, and leave early.

What works for you? Please share.

Still Ducking the Fudge

December 21, 2010

Gift BasketAs we approach the Christmas holiday, we thought we would repost last year’s offering on what to do about all those fattening gifts that are tossed at you each December by well-meaning co-workers, friends, neighbors, and family (who should know better).

Read about Bunny’s annual struggle to  Duck the Fudge.

This year, it’s gift baskets.

She has five of them.

If you have any holiday survival tips that work for you, please share.

And do have a happy holiday!

Rumor and Innuendo

December 11, 2010

Weight Watchers is coming up with a new program. Or they’re revamping their program. Or updating it to conform with the latest science. Or something.

We’re not really sure. It’s not out yet. We have no official notice of what the plan entails, and so we’re left to scavenge the internet for rumor and innuendo, and to indulge in rampant speculation.

Oh, yeah!!! This will be fun!

GooglingWe’ve done some intensive googling on the subject, and it seems that the new points system will emphasize the quality of food.

OK, what the heck does that mean?

Well, traditionally, the Weight Watchers program didn’t really give more, um, weight (pardon the expression) to foods that were more nutritious than others. You could burn the same number of Weight Watchers points eating a healthy salad, one of those Weight Watchers packaged peanut butter cup desserts, or a bite of a Snickers bar.

The new program will apparently adjust the points to encourage you to eat the salad instead of the preservatives.

Fruit and veggies will have zero points. Nice! Pass the bananas, please.

There will be something called “Real Living” bonus points. This is supposed to help you deal with parties and other “snacky” situations. You get exactly 49 of these. (You’d think they’d round it off to 50, but we guess not.)

Are these the same as those weekly bonus points they give you now? We have no idea. We haven’t seen an official press release, nor has Bunny had this explained to her at a Weight Watchers meeting. (Perhaps the odds of this happening would increase if she actually attended a meeting. We’re working on that.)

An unfortunate byproduct of the new program, purportedly, is that you can no longer pick up a package and easily calculate the points in your head, as you can now. Currently, you simply divide the fiber grams by the fat grams, add in the square root of the per-serving calories and multiply by pi.

Or something like that. Whatever it is, you apparently won’t be able to do it in your head anymore. You will have to buy a special calculator. Ka-ching!

So there you have it. Enough rumor-mongering. Off to drag Bunny to the gym!

Bunny’s blogging team is vacationing. Since Bunny herself has no idea how to post an entry, we’re going to refer you to last year’s enlightening if slightly disturbing Halloween post: Boo!

Thanks for your patience, and

Happy Halloween!

To Bar or Not To Bar?

July 29, 2010

Protein bars are confusing.

There are as many kinds of protein bars as cereal.

There are protein bars for bodybuilders. There are protein bars that are made by the same people who make Count Chocula. Are these really the same?

Doesn’t seem likely.

Is a protein bar the same as an energy bar? Does a protein bar give you energy? Does an energy bar give you protein?

How much protein does a bar have to have before it’s a protein bar?

How about a cereal bar…what’s that? Granola bar? And power bars? Or is that a brand name?

High protein low fat high energy low carb high fiber…

ACK!!!

We’re so confused.

OK, let’s take this one step at a time.

Luna LemonZestBunny is partial to Luna bars. Let’s give them a little, plug shall we? Check out their website here. They are called Whole Nutrition Bars for Women.

Bunny’s a woman. So far, so good.

Luna LemonZest has calcium, folic acid, vitamin D and iron. 9 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber. The ingredient contains the words “soy” and “organic” in many places. This sounds good, right?

But is it?

What about all those other bars on the shelf at the supermarket? Are they better? Are they worse?

Bunny doesn’t want to eat a protein bar that’s made for a bodybuilder. What if she sprouts pecs? That’s ALL she needs.

Buff BunnyOK, let’s do some research.

Wikipedia defines Energy Bars thusly: “Energy bars are supplemental bars containing cereals and other high energy foods targeted at people that require quick energy but do not have time for a meal. They are different from energy drinks, which containe [oopsie! a typo! how embarrassing for Wikipedia] caffeine, whereas bars provide calories or joules. These bars have varying names in different locations, including cereal bar, oat bar, snack bar, granola bar and muesli bar.”

OK, got it. Now let’s see how Wikipedia defines Protein Bars:

Blank Paper

No entry.

Hmmmmm….

They’re not on the Wiki. Maybe they don’t exist?

OK, let’s try Google. A Google search shows lots of websites trying to sell various bars. We know they’re not going to be impartial.

The other top sites on the Google search are men’s bodybuilding sites. As we’ve discussed, this makes Bunny nervous. She’s pretty sure she should never eat anything that would be consumed by a bodybuilder. She and a bodybuilder are not even the same species.

So, we’re back to Luna. Bunny is actually quite partial to this line of products. LemonZest, S’Mores, and Peanut Butter Cookie all tickle Bunny’s taste buds, thank you very much.

But are they a good choice for a 50-ish overweight woman who is trying to be less so? Will they help her in her weight-loss effort? They say so, their website says so, but again, who can trust a product website? (No offense, Luna.)

We think so, and Bunny hopes so, but as is so often the case, she’s not sure.

Can anyone shed some light on this dilemma?