On the Menu This Week

Greek Style Cheeseburgers
Vegetarian Black Bean Chili
Roasted Cornish Hens with Quinoa and Broccoli

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

July 13th Food Diary

Ate 27 of 27 points earned 5 activity points.
Breakfast(5.5)-Grande latte (2.5), 2 small plums (1), laughing cow cheese (1), Sandwich thin (1)
Workout 5 miles on the treadmill, knee was a touch sore, stretched and it was fine.
Lunch (7.5)-laughing cow cheese (1), Sandwich thin (1)Ribeye (4.5), Salad (lettuce, carrots, cucumber, olive oil and lemon juice (1)
Dinner (11)-Hamburger, Cheddar and Macaroni Toss (9), sugar snap peas in 1tsp sesame oil (2)
Snack- (3)- Pita Crackers (2), nectarine (1)

I did a great job getting fruit in, which is hard for me even in summer. Vegetables are easy I cook them for every meal, they don't go bad in a heartbeat so they are always around. For me the fruits that last the longest are the ones i like the least. So given the wonderful fruit at the farmstand and even the grocery store I have been making a concerted effort to eat more of it, especially before it goes bad! 2 servings of fruit might not seem like alot to some people but for me its huge step.

The Hamburger, Cheddar and Macaroni was good and filling, I was a bit worried at 9 points but the amount of food was more than enough. It had a nice lingering heat but I need to tweak it for some up front heat.

Worked out again and it felt good, here's hoping that i lose enough this week to reach my current goal (my lowest adult weight that i remember).

Running Weekly totals used 30 of 35 weekly points earned 7 activity points

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My Plan

I did WeightWatchers once before in 2004-2005. I lost 50 pounds. I gained some back going through my divorce but the good news is I kept off 20 of them until I restarted WeightWatchers in January 2009.

For the first time, I have found a plan that was easy to stick to. Something just felt right this time. Before embarking on WeightWatchers I re-read some books I had found helpful in the middle of my last journey. The books are listed under "Weight Loss" Books on the side bar, and a blog post about them will follow soon. These books helped get me mentally prepared to lose weight and they are the reason I think I am finding losing to be less of a struggle. I am not letting myself get discouraged by small gains and I am seeing far more consistent results.

WeightWatchers gives you a points target based on weight and basic daily activity level. Every food has a points value based on calories, fiber and fat. Then its like a checkbook you start with your daily balance, subtract for foods eaten and add for activity done which can earn you points. Exercise=More Food. Each food point is roughly 50 calories and each activity point is worth roughly 100, I use a heart-rate monitor to calculate my activity points earned.

You also get 35 weekly points to use as you want anytime during the week. For me the most successful both mentally and on the scale is to use most of those points on Saturday night for a splurge and to then stick to my daily points fairly closely the rest of the week. It helps me to know my favourite foods are only a week away if I want them. People can manage the plan however they want but for me this is the most successful. When I'm working out a lot I try to eat some of those activity points as well. Ironically I get much smaller losses the weeks I don't eat those points on Saturday, maybe it shakes up my metabolism, who knows I just know it works

Finally my last key to my plan is attending meetings. It helps keep me accountable and on track.

Weight Loss Slideshow