On the Menu This Week

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

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

August 4th Food Diary

Ate 25.5 of 26 points earned 6 activity points.
Breakfast(2)-Sandwich Thin and laughing cow (2)
Workout (6)-Treadmill
Second Breakfast(1)-Nectarine and Chobani Greek Yogurt (2)
Lunch(6)-Egg (4) Sandwich thin and laughing cow (2)
Dinner (13.5)-Chicken Souvlaki Sandwich (6), Gazpacho (1), Greek Salad (1), feta (1.5), wine (2), tapioca pudding(2)
Snack (1)-Vita muffin

The Gazpacho turned out soooo good, I used 1 TBSP oil for the entire 4 quart batch, the veggies just had so much flavour and melded together so well. I love gazpacho in the summer but I really can't wait until MY veggies are ready for gazpacho! They are coming along nicely but knowing my luck everything will be ready to pick the 10 days I'm gone :( The chicken souvlaki sandwich is a favourite of Ben's so it went into the rotation this week with a very lightened up greek salad.

Running Weekly totals used 34 of 35 weekly points earned 15 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