On the Menu This Week

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

Saturday, July 18, 2009

The Weekly Round up 7/11-7/17

I got in 4 workouts this week and it seems to have paid off on the scale with a loss of 1.6 just ahead of the average 1.5 that I want to lose. (Of course I was low the last 2 weeks BUT I was high the few before that.) Exercise is definitely a key to success.

OK so down to the nitty gritty of the week.
Summary I used 30/35 Weekly Points and I earned 22 Activity Points.

Saturday I ate 57 of 27 points, great Steak house dinner, totally worth it.

Sunday I ate 27 of 27 points. Crepes for breakfast and grilled chicken for dinner, earned 2 Activity points walking the dogs.

Monday I ate 27 of 27 points, tried a new recipe that was good but needs tweaking, spent an hour on the treadmill and earned 5 activity points

Tuesday 27 of 27 points and earned 5 activity points on the treadmill, made another new recipe that turned out quite well.

Wednesday 26.5 of 27 points and earned 5 activity points on the treadmill.

Thursday 24 of 27 points and earned 5 activity points on the treadmill, drank tons of water and made a vegetarian main dish for dinner.

Friday 23 of 27 points leftovers for dinner.

I worked in more fruit this week than usual, got back into a regular workout routine, now I need to maintain it. Manged a meatless main that Ben liked. This week we are trying fish tacos, I'll let you know how it goes.

Next Week's Menu
Saturday- Going out for Indian to a place that comes highly recommended
Sunday- Turkey Enchilada Casserole (new recipe)
Monday-Peanut Chicken Soba Salad and stir fried bok choy
Wednesday-Chicken Tagine over couscous and Tunisian Zucchini Salad
Thursday-Tacos Veracruz

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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