On the Menu This Week

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

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

One Point Happy foods

My new favourite one point food are Oroweat Sandwich Thins. Whole grain, no icky high fructose corn syrup garbage, a bit bigger in circumference than a hamburger bun but much much thinner. Honestly when you have a hamburger its not about the bun anyways so what a great way to save some calories.

Nutrition Facts
100 Calories
1 gram of Fat
5 grams of Fiber
2 grams of sugar
5 grams of Protien

What's not to love????
I even sent Ben to work with a sandwich on one and no complaints
This morning I had a breakfast sandwich on one and they are perfect! The hold the egg better than englishmuffins and give just the right amount of bread product, I'm there for the egg and cheese not the bun, but I do like food you can pick up.

Speaking of which 3 point breakfast sandwich
1 egg (2)
1/4 cup egg white (0)
1 tbsp parmesan cheese (0.5) i had less but lets count it all
Oroweat Sandwich Thin (1)
I rounded out breakfast with some milk (2) should keep me full all day

Seriously I really recommend these, they are soft, not too thick, just yummy and 1 point!!!

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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