On the Menu This Week

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

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

August 3rd Food Diary

Ate 25.5 of 26 points earned 5 activity points.
Breakfast(1)-Nectarine (1), FiberOne peach yogurt (0)
Workout (5)-Bowflex and Treadmill
Second Breakfast(1)-Sandwich Thin (1), Banana (2), Peanut Butter (2)
Lunch(5.5)-Chicken Breast (2.5), Two Bean Salad (3)
Dinner (10.5)- whole milk mozzarella (3), Tomato (0), olive oil and vinegar (1.5), Salad with lettuce, celery, carrots, red pepper, mushrooms and homemade vinagrette (1), Crab cakes with Smarter Tartar (5)
Snack (4)-Gelato

The crabcakes were fantastic, as was the Tartar, I'll be posting that recipe soon, definitely a keeper. Had a small caprese and green salad to go with it. I upped some weights bit sore from it but getting stronger. And if you read yesterday's post I ordered a big old portion of grass fed beef to put into the freezer. The benefits of grass fed beef are awesome and in that quantitiy its as cheap as regular beef. I also hit PCC market. I had gone to the one in Kirkland when I first moved up to the Seattle area but it was small and didn't really have the selection I was looking for. The one in Issaquah however is excellent, I got everything on my list except tomato juice and that's because I forgot to look. It's also near a Trader Joe's for those handful of items I like from TJ. Everything I got was organic and the grocery bill was not gross compared to TOP so I'm happy.

Running Weekly totals used 34 of 35 weekly points earned 9 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