On the Menu This Week

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

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

July 14th Food Diary

Ate 27 of 27 points earned 5 activity points.
Breakfast(5)-laughing cow cheese (1), Sandwich thin (1), Blueberry Blast Smoothie (3)
Workout 1 hour on the treadmill
Lunch (8)-lefover orzo with zucchini and red onion (4), 3 oz pork tenderloin (3), Salad with lettuce and carrots from the garden with olive oil and lemon juice (1)
Dinner (8)-Chicken-Feta Pasta (6), Salad (1), green beans with 1 tsp butter (1)
Snack- (3)- Pita Chips(3)

I got my fruit in in the morning again, i need to go up to the farm and get more fresh raspberries and blueberries soooo good.

The Chicken-Feta Pasta was good and filling and had lots of flavours going on I think it will be the recipe of the week, like Monday's dinner I wasn't sure it would be enough but at 6 points it was easy to supplement with a salad and green beans and honestly the serving was probably large enough already.

Did my hour on the treadmill, soooo boring but I feel good after and seeing my heartrate monitor tell me that I burned over 500 calories is always nice.

Running Weekly totals used 30 of 35 weekly points earned 12 activity points

1 comment:

  1. I love that feeling when you blast a ton of calories. Yes, it's an accomplishment in its own right. It also represents a long stretch of time when temptation isn't a factor to battle and you can lay down your arms, so to speak!


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.

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