Tuesday, March 15, 2011
I've now been following Weight Watchers PointsPlus for a month, and I could not be more thrilled with the results. I've lost a total of 8 lbs now, without feeling hungry, and while feeling completely in control. I've been able to eat out, have splurges, and still lose quickly, which is great. I feel like there's always an option of *something* I can eat, I just have to make the healthy (i.e. 0 point) choice when there's not a lot of point-room left in my day or week.
For the last couple of weeks, I've had a goal to try at least one new ingredient each week. Last week, I had an apple pear. It was a little pricey at JayC, but it was intriguing. And it was VERY tasty. Luckily, today when I went to Meijer to restock on a little produce, I found them on sale for $1 apiece! So I picked up two more, and another new fruit to try, blood oranges. I had one today for a snack, and wow, it was so good. The placard at Meijer said that it was sweet with a hint of raspberry, and it was right. The juice really does look like blood too, which is a little freaky.
I'm enjoying discovering new, "grabbable" 0-point snack options, like dill pickles, applesauce, and canned pineapple (in its own juice, drained) -- things that don't require any prep before you can sit down and enjoy them. Just plop it in a bowl and you're good. No washing or cutting or peeling.
I also love all my new cookbooks! I feel like I've acquired a ton in the last couple of weeks, but I've found lots of great new recipes to try. Tomorrow we'll be having a 5-ingredient lasagna from the "Just 5" cookbook. I never did find fat free ricotta, but did find some with only 3g of fat per serving, so I'll be going with that one. Luckily it didn't change the recipe's overall P+ value. I also finally found lower sodium marinara sauce! And it's on sale this week and there's a coupon! Didn't have my coupon with me on this shopping trip (boo) so I just got one. Will definitely go back and get some more later this week though!
I can tell I'm slimming down. My measurements have changed, and I can see that my body looks different now. That's a great feeling to have again. Yesterday I wore a pair of jeans that haven't looked good on me in about 8 months. There were a couple of months in there that I couldn't even sausage myself into them. Nice to have them looking good again!
Tuesday, March 01, 2011
This morning I was down 0.4 lbs from last week, but tonight at Y-weight I was down 1.8 pounds from last week. So I'm going to guess my real loss was somewhere in between. ;) I took the 0.4 for my official log since I'm using my morning weigh-in for WW Online. It would be easy to be frustrated with that, but interestingly, I'm not. It's downward! And as long as the trend continues to be downward, I'm happy with that.
Today is National Pancake Day, which means free pancakes at IHOP. My husband wanted to go, and I wanted some pancakes too, but instead of going to IHOP, I made pancakes at home. Then I topped mine with a whole banana and honey instead of syrup. Only 5PP! I'm sure I would have spent more than that on just the free pancakes at IHOP. Small victory #1!
My second small victory of the day happened tonight. I was starving when I came out of Y-weight, but had to go to Walmart since my scale's battery died today. Subway smelled sooo good when I went in. So I considered getting that. Then I decided what really sounded good was pizza. So I considered Papa Murphy's pizza, but all of the coupons in my purse were expired. In the end, I came home and ate a Lean Cuisine pizza for 8PP and drizzled it with olive oil to get in my second teaspoon of healthy oils for the day. Followed that up with a sugar free pudding cup and I'm satisfied. I've had my pizza, and my dessert. And I will not eat ice cream during The Biggest Loser. :P
Monday, February 28, 2011
Today is the last day of my second week on Weight Watchers -- tomorrow morning is my "official" self weigh-in and tomorrow is also Y-weight, my "meeting" and accountability weigh-in. I have to say that I am really liking the new PointsPlus program. Like Jennifer Hudson says in the commercial, I really do feel in control. If I'm hungry in the evening, I know I can always pick up a 0-point veggie or fruit and satiate that hunger...it's never off-limits. I have plenty of weekly points for a splurge, too -- last week it was FIve Guys Burgers and Fries and this week it was bread bites, pizza, and a slice of cream cheese pie from a local pizza place.
Last week I lost 4.4 pounds, which I was very pleased with. I'm not expecting those kinds of numbers this week, but I'm hoping for something between 1 and 2 pounds. I would love to get back to where I need to be to fit in my spring clothes again before temperatures warm up and I really need them.
Over the last three weeks, I believe I have discovered where SP was falling short for me and where WW has helped me get back on track. I seem to have three main pitfalls:
1) "I'll start over tomorrow."
With SP, one bad day doesn't have a bearing on the rest of the week the way it does with WW. If I use up all of my weekly points on one day, I have to wait until my next weigh-in day to get more, and I'd better stay on track in the meantime unless I want to be "in the red." The day to day structure of SP apparently makes it too easy for me to excuse "bad behavior."
2) "A calorie is a calorie is a calorie."
I could spend 80 calories on a piece of string cheese, or a cookie. They are not equal, but I had come to see them as equal. For example, at Zaxby's, I could choose a salad for about 700-800 calories (without modifications), or I could have a plate of chicken tenders, fries, and texas toast for the same amount. I would say to myself, "Well then I might as well just have the chicken tenders if I'm going to spend that many calories on a salad." The PointsPlus calculation gives more "Point weight" to carb-heavy and fat-heavy foods, making the chicken tender meal much worse than the salad.
3) "I'll never be satisfied on 1200 or 1300 calories."
I was getting really, really hung up on calories and assuming I would be hungry if I ate a low amount. I think this was psychologically adding to my hunger and my frustration. The points don't always evenly equate to a certain amount of calories. The same number of points could equal 1200 calories or 1500, depending on what you ate that day. Using the points system seems to be helping me stay of that rut. I've even had a couple of days when I ate around 1250 calories...and guess what? I was satisfied!
I lost a lot of weight with SparkPeople in 2007, but for some reason the calorie counting system in its base form just wasn't working for me anymore. I really wish it was, because I hate spending money to access something when I could have something similar for free, but it looks like Weight Watchers has helped me finally break this horrible cycle I've been in for the past 3 years, going up and down and getting out of control and back in control. I'm hoping to never be out of control again.
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