On the Menu This Week

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

Saturday, July 25, 2009

The Weekly Round up 7/18-7/24

I got in 6 workouts this week but the scale chose not to reflect this. I did add weight training back in and I am probably retaining alot of water around that, you can retain up to 4 pounds of water when you are actively building muscle.

OK so down to the nitty gritty of the week.
Summary I used 24/35 Weekly Points and I earned 27 Activity Points.

Saturday I ate 36 of 27 points, went to Indian for dinner.

Sunday I ate 42 of 27 points. Had Pizza and beer for lunch, soooo caloric, earned 3 Activity points walking the dogs.

Monday I ate 21.5 of 27 points, tried a new recipe that was good, Chicken Peanut Soba Salad, and arguably better a couple days later. Worked on the bowflex for the first time in a while and walked on the treadmill for 6 activity points earned.

Tuesday 25.5 of 27 points and earned 5 activity points on the treadmill, pulled out an old favourite recipe that was yummy

Wednesday 26 of 27 points and earned 5 activity points on the treadmill and bowflex.

Thursday 23 of 27 points and earned 6 activity points on the treadmill

Friday 25 of 27 points and earned 2 activity points doing the bowflex. Tried the fish tacos, they turned out well, I'll eat them again. Even had shrimp salad for lunch.

I got fully back into working out, still aiming for 28 activity points a week but I was close this week. Tried and succeeded working some fish into our diets, now we just need to try to include a vegetarian and a fish in as much as possible.

Next Week's Menu
Saturday- Going out for dinner
Sunday- Turkey Enchilada Casserole (new recipe) (didn't try last week we weren't hungry for dinner)
Monday-Chicken and vegetable Tikka with brown rice
Tuesday-Crab Cakes with Smarter Tartar Sauce and salad
Wednesday-Orange-Chipotle BBQ pork chops with Grilled onions and green beans
Also making a minted pea soup for lunch this week.

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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