My Simply Filling Month Recap & Weekly Menu

by DanicasDaily on August 5, 2012

Happy Sunday all and a Happy Sunday it was!  Today marked my final Simply Filling Weigh in for the month of July and I couldn’t be happier with the results.  I have actually been enjoying the change up in the Weight Watchers Points Plus plan by doing the Simply Filling Technique.  It has really helped me to focus on the foods I am eating, listening to my body and pondering whether or not it is truly “worth it” to spend my WPA on non-Simply Filling Foods.  I have also found it really helps me step away from thinking well how much of this or that I can get for my points+.

It is interesting to see I actually eat less points+ when I am eating Simply Filling, but, I actually have felt even more satisfied.  The better I ate, the better I felt and the more it made me want to repeat that all over again each day.

Despite all the challenges the month of July brought….Our Reno/Tahoe Trip, Camping and dining out, I feel like it was a successful month. 

I lost another 1.2 lbs today bringing my total to 6.4 lbs lost for the month of July – Success!

I have decided to continue working the Simply Filling Technique because right now, I truly am loving it and feel like I am back in the “Zone” and focused!  I will still continue to post the points+ next to each food and mark it with SF + WPA for the Simply Filling items I eat.

On that note, I packed up a few snacks for our mini road trip today that I never ended up eating.


I figure it is always better to be prepared and have 0 points+ (Simply Filling) choices with me at all times.  The Husband actually jokes about how I have snacks everywhere ~ the car, my desk, in my back pack or purse…but, you know what ~ they save me every time.

I also whipped up Egg-Wiches with us to take on the road. (SF) – 5 points+


After the meeting, we made a quick stop at Starbuck’s where I got a Grande Iced Nonfat Decaf Latte with Caramel Drizzled on top (SF) – 2 points+


Every month The Husband is like a kid at Christmas because he loves going to the Alameda Antique Faire.  Only this time, I was surrounded by a group a friends who love it too!


I totally embraced the day by using it to get in my steps, snap a few pictures and chat it up with my friends ~ it’s amazing how time flies when your chatting away.


We stopped for lunch at one of the local vendors who served Grilled Organic Teriyaki Chicken Bowls with brown rice. 

The food vendors are probably one of my favorite things about the faire because you can get just about any type of food. 


100% Simply Filling & 110% Delicious! (SF) – 8 points+


I had 2 favorite vendors…..I do not know why, but, I think all the metal painted characters are super cute.  I could totally picture a little farm family in someone’s yard Open-mouthed smile


My 2nd favorite vendor ~ The Wine Barrel Guy.


I wanted to buy one of these planters just so I could smell the corked wine and oak all day long.  I probably worked in Napa too long lol….


He made wine barrels into pretty much everything, including bar stools!


Quack, quack…..see, you know it makes you smile just seeing it.


After spending the entire day walking the faire, we headed back to Walnut Creek to go to Fleming’s Steakhouse.


We have been looking for a reason to go back ever since we visited last year.


Everyone that works here is so incredibly nice and we were seated almost as soon as we walked in the door.


While we pondered the menu, they delivered Parmesan Bread with Sun Dried Tomato Butter and Chantille Feta Spreads.


I managed to keep it to a slice and a bit with both spreads on each half. (SF+3 WPA) – 3 points+


While we were waiting for everyone to arrive, we decided to start with Cocktails since Fleming’s is famous for their Skinnier Cocktails that are all only 99 calories!


I ordered the Russian Prom Queen sans the Sugar-Free Syrup.  It was totally refreshing and I LOVE that you can actually taste the blueberry, lime and cucumber in every sip. (SF+ 2 WPA) – 2 points+.  By the way, you can find the recipe to make this drink here.

Stoli Blueberi Vodka, fresh lime juice, cucumber, blueberries, Monin sugar-free syrup and soda water


Our table also shared a bottle of wine, but, since I rarely spend my points+ on alcohol (yup, I am a total light weight), I stuck to just a small 4 oz pour (SF + 4 WPA) – 4 points+


I started with the Fleming’s House Salad with Olive Oil & Vinegar on the side.  The lettuce was totally crisp and the sweet cranberries and walnuts paired so well with the tangy dressing.

SF + 2 WPA for the nuts/cranberries/croutons, 4 points+


To stick with the plan, I chose one of their small plates ~ Filet Mignon Skewers!  The filet was so tender it literally melted in your mouth. (SF) – 5 points+


The skewers came with a small fresh mozzarella and sweet tomato salad.  I could eat whole plate of this salad ~ it’s sweet, tangy, cold and totally refreshing. (SF + 2 WPA) – 2 points+


I couldn’t resist having 2 bites of the Table Sides.

our house specialty with cream, jalapeños and cheddar cheese


smoked cheddar and leeks (the cheddar totally makes it taste like there is bacon in there)


We all shared the desserts that came with their Sunday Prime Rib Special.

rich chocolate cake with a molten chocolate center of Belgian chocolate, served with vanilla ice cream and chopped pistachios


homemade caramel, walnuts and chocolate baked in a chocolate pie crust


I actually started off thinking that I could just have coffee while everyone had dessert….


Then, decided it was totally worth tasting every single one. 


I pretty much decided I am counting the two side bites and dessert bites against my WPA earned for the day and as a Simply Filling Month Success – treat.  It was totally earned, worth every bite and I am definitely getting on that treadmill tomorrow morning!

STATS (12 am – 10 pm)

  • 2,819 calories burned
  • 11,877 steps taken
  • 13 WPA used, 36 WPA remaining (35 daily points+) – sans the sides & dessert bites



What is on your menu this week?  Are you trying any new recipes, foods or treats?

Night all!

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Miz August 6, 2012 at 2:31 am

for once I DO DO DO have a week filled with cooking and baking plans :)


Robyn @ Blueberries and Oats August 6, 2012 at 7:57 am

Danica, I’m totally impressed with your Simply Filling success! I think everyone should give this a try. I’ve noticed a lot of us who reach our goal and come off of Weight Watcher’s have a lot of trouble just eating food without continuously counting points to the point that it comes obsessive. I think Simply Filling is exactly what would help everyone out since it just makes you focus on eating whole foods pretty much. I really wish Weight Watcher’s would recommend this more strongly!


Marty August 6, 2012 at 8:45 am

I’m new, please explain Simply Filling to me or website(s) where I can learn more. I’m a WW member for the first time. I’m pleased with the Points+ but am eager to learn more. Thank you for any help you can provide.


Jen August 6, 2012 at 9:39 am

Congrats on the loss!!!!! Love your site, I visit everyday just to see what another WW member is eating. Thanks for your daily posts!


SusieQ August 6, 2012 at 11:03 am

Danica, you exercised more restraint than I could have! Food looked delicious. And congrats on the July weight loss – you are doing fantastic! I haven’t read every post but have followed you throughout the year as you’ve challenged yourself with mini-goals. How much have you lost this year? Are you going to post any before and after pics? It’s inspirational how well you eat, and with what variety. When I’m in weight loss mode, it seems I get in a rut with a few things over and over. Then in about 10 weeks I get bored and lax…


Gail H. August 7, 2012 at 3:21 am

Your outing and of course menu look fabulous! I know I told you I was startin SF 8/1 and still have not made the move! What the heck is wrong with me??? Not sure what I’m afraid of..I see things I eat mosts days are not listed, like Boar’s Head meats? …maybe I’ll plan out a menu and see if that helps :) You are an inspiration Danica!!


DanicasDaily August 7, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Hi Gail,

I would consider the Boar Head Lunch Meats Simply Filling if they are fat free or pretty close to that 97-99% fat free. I think if you map out a day or two with a few meals you can cook, you will see it’s very do-able. It does get easier week by week.



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