Sunday, July 25, 2010
Well this week I have decided to try weight watchers other plan... they have two if you didn't know. There is the points system that most people are firmilar with, where you count each food as a certain number of points and stick to an individual points target per day.... then there is another plan where you eat certain foods, called filling foods. You can pretty much eat as much as you want (to the point of fullness but not overly full) of Fruits, Vegetables, skim milk, fat free cheese, Fat free plain yogurt, lean meats and a whole bunch of other foods... you can also have whole wheat pasta, brown rice or potatoes 1 time per day. There is also some other foods that you get per day that aren't simply filling but you don't have to count them... like certain condiments like ketchup and fat free mayo... you can have 2 tsp of olive oil or other healthy oil per day as well because its part of a healthy lifestyle.
You still get your 35 weekly points to spend however you like... so you can still have ice cream or wine or whatever... you just have to count its points value towards your 35 weekly points or whatever activity points you earn.
I have never tried this new plan but I decided to give it a go because it sounded interesting not having to count points at all and being able to eat until your full. The main reason I wanted to try it though was because my husband has really been having a hard time losing weight. He refuses to track his own points and I have tried but I just cant keep up with him and with me.... so this is a good solution for him. Of course he complained all yesterday, even though he was eating..... I think its just because its something new and I guess it feels more like a diet... even though I told him he could eat other things as long as he kept within the weekly points range. He is a pain. lol.
But anyway, I did not find it hard. It took me a few days to plan out a menu because I was trying to work in all filling foods with very few non-filling foods. I did it though, I have a menu for the whole week and I plan to stick to it.
Here is yesterday...
Breakfast: 1 1/2 Cups Oatmeal w/ mixed berry sauce ........ (looked better when it was hot, I ate 1 cup of it at my weight watchers meeting and got full and ate the other 1/2 cup when I got home. It was very good) See Below for Recipe
Lunch: Salad topped with Crab Salad (1/2 cup imitation crab meat, 1 tbls fat free mayo, 1/2 tsp dill weed, 1/2 tsp hot sauce, 1/2 tsp onion & herb mrs. dash, 1/3 diced celery stalk) ..... lettuce, tomato, shredded carrot, thawed frozen peas..... dressing made w/ 1 tbls fat free mayo, 2 tbls plain fat free yogurt, 1/2 tsp ranch dip powder.
(picture does not show dressing)
Snack: 2 pickle spears
Snack: 1/2 can progresso light vegetable soup (actually not a filling food because of ingredient within it, but its zero points so I did not have to count it twards weekly points) ...... 1/2 apple
Dinner: 3oz grilled chicken w/ classico pesto (I counted this as my healthy oil for the day) .... 1 small sweet potato mashed..... grilled egg plant, zucchini, onions & peppers (totally burned on the grill but still pretty good)
Snack: I got one apricot & one nectarine and were going to grill them but my grill was too cool to do it once everything else was cooked so I took them and put them in a small Pyrex dish and put a mixture of 1-2 tbls water, 1 tbls splenda, 1 tsp vanilla extract & 1/2 tsp ground ginger on top of them. Put aluminum foil on top of the bowl and baked it at 350* for around 30 minutes.... so yummy and makes a syrup in the bottom of the bowl
I ate half of that & 1 serving butter almond ice cream... put the syrup on top of the ice cream.... this was the best thing I have had in a long time... OMG it was so good
WEEKLY POINTS USED: 4
WEEKLY POINTS REMAINING FOR THE WEEK: 31
ACTIVITY POINTS EARNED: 2
Berry Oatmeal: Cook Quaker Quick oats as directed and then mix with splenda and vanilla extract to taste.... for berry sauce take about 1 cup of mixed frozen berries, but them in a small sauce pan w/ 1-2 tbls water & 1-2 tbls splenda.... heat untill boiling and as berrys thaw mash half of them into the water.... once berrys are hot, remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes.... mixture will thicken. Pour over oatmeal and enjoy
Friday, July 23, 2010
Breakfast: 1/2 slice double fiber bread, 1/2 tsp Jam.... 1/2 cup natural no sugar added apple sauce, 1/4 cup 2% cottage cheese..... 3 egg white omelet w/ 1/4 cup thawed frozen spinach, 1/4 cup 2% cheddar cheese, 1/2 tsp tyme, salt & pepper
Snack: 1 graham cracker, 1 tsp peanut butter, 1 apple
Lunch: 1 cup carrots, 1 tbls light ranch..... 1 serving baked lays..... 1 sandwich made with 2 slices double fiber bread, 1 tbls light mayo, lettuce, 5 boca veggie nuggets
Dinner - (went out to eat at hibatchi grill & chinese buffet)
1st plate - salad w/ lettuce, tomato, onion, mushroom, green bell pepper, & 1 tbls italian dressing (assuming full fat because it was not labled)
2nd plate - Hibatchi cooked with no oil - 1/2 cup broccoli, 1 cup napa cabbage, a few onion peices, 1/4 cup baby corn, 1/2 cup mushrooms, 10 medium size shrimp, 2 tbls teryaki sauce (poured all that was on the plate off, so I am assuming it soaked up about this much)
3rd plate - 3 peices sushi with veggies, 2 peices sushi w/ cream cheese, 2 peices sushi w/ raw fish, 2 tbls pickled ginger
4th plate - fruit
TOTAL POINTS FOR DINNER : 8 points!!! ....... I was shocked... Its prob a little more but I did eat almost all vegetables. I was full afterwards and even though I wanted to go get dumplings and fried cheese wontons I tried to stay on track because I have a weigh in tomorow morning. I dont think this dinner will throw me off, except for maybe the teriayki sauce which has alot of sodium. Hopefully I will be ok though.
TOTAL POINTS EATEN TODAY: 27
DAILY POINTS TARGET: 24
- 3 POINTS OVER
WEEKLY POINTS USED THIS WEEK: 29.5 out of 35
ACTIVITY POINTS EARNED THIS WEEK: 14
Friday, July 23, 2010
Breakfast 1 - 1 cup yogurt
Breakfast 2 - 1 1/4 cup Kix cereal, 1/4 large banan, 1/2 cup 1% milk
Nibble - 1/4 cup canned corn while making kids lunches
Lunch - 1 medium sweet potato, 1 cup broccoli, 1 oz ham lunch meat, 1/2 oz reduced fat swiss cheese..... 1/2 secret ingredient cake :-)
Snack (movie theater... went to see inception... really good) : 1 pack weight watchers crisps (these are so good, remind me of cool ranch doritos excpet better) ... 1/2 pack crunchy granola bar
Dinner: 1 herb encrusted tilapia fillet (sams club) , 1 Tbls ketchup, 1/2 cup frozen peas, small salad w/ shredded carrot, 2 tbls hidden valley light ranch, 1/4 diced avocado, 1 serving croutons.
POINTS EATEN TODAY: 25.5
DAILY POINTS TARGET: 24
- 1.5 POINTS OVER
SECRET INGREDIENT CAKE :
2 POINTS PER CUPCAKE or 97 calories, 2.1 fat, 1 g fiber, 2g protein
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Well, I have not posted a food blog in a while now. I geuss I got a little tired of doing it. I have found though I have been nibbling quite a bit.
Yesterday was a particuraly bad day. I ended up nibbling alot and I tracked it all and ended up coming out 11.5 points over my daily target. Ouch!!! After I sat down with my tracker last night and saw that it was a big wake up call. I mean how far am I going over my points each day when Im not tracking all the little nibbles and bites I take here and there. The spoon full of ice cream when I make my hubby a bowl full, the 1/2 a cookie when I'm getting my daughter a snack, the lick of peanut butter when I'm making my son a sandwich! Do I really have any weekly points left over at all? Im sure my saving grace is the fact that I have been exercising my butt off lately... but Im really not doing myself any good if Im going to eat away all the hard work I am putting in.
So Im going to start tracking with pictures again for a while. It keeps me honest and on track and I need that right now. I still have a good few days till my weigh in and I figure I have used pretty much all my weekly points over the weekend so I am going to go ahead and try and stick to my daily points target as close as possible.
And to everyone who missed these... I have herd from quite a few people that they really love to read my food blog.... enjoy !!!
Breakfast - 1/2 Cup Grape Nuts, 1/2 Cup 1% milk, 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
Lunch - Large Salad w/ 1/4 cup shredded carrot, 1/2 cup kidney beans, 5oz can water packed tuna, tsp dill seed, 4 tsp homemade balsamic herb vinegarette
Snack - 1 medium apple, 1 6oz cup yoplait light yogurt
Dinner - Baked Parmesan Herb encrusted Tilapia (frozen from sams club), 1 tbls ketchup, 1 cup fresh broccoli steamed, 2 tbls ragu cheddar cheese sauce, 1 small baked sweet potato, 1/2 tbls I can't beleive it's not butter squeeze
Snack - 1 serving baked tostitos scoops tortilla chips, 1/4 cup black bean & corn salsa
DAILY POINTS TARGET: 24
TOTAL POINTS FOR THE DAY: 24.5
- 0.5 OVER
For those of you not firmilar with the weight watchers point system... each food is given a number of points based on how much calories, fat and fiber it has... foods with lower calories and higher fiber have lower points values.
Each person on weight watchers is given a daily number of points they can eat based on things like gender, activity level, height and weight. As you get lower in weight your daily points value goes down.
Each person also gets 35 extra weekly points to use as they wish... you can eat them all at once for a big meal thats higher in calories or you can use them throughout the week... or not at all.
thats the basics.
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