On the Menu This Week

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

Sunday, August 2, 2009

The Weekly Round up 7/25-7/31

I got in 6 workouts this week. I did the bowflex 3 days and a mix of cardio on all 6.

OK so down to the nitty gritty of the week.
Summary I used 31.5/35 Weekly Points and I earned 28 Activity Points.

Saturday I ate 57.5 of 26 points, went for Buffalo wings, Burgers and Beer.

Sunday I ate 25 of 26 points. Had Chicken Enchilada Casserole which was quite good, earned 4 activity points on the bike and walking the dogs.

Monday I ate 25.5 of 26 points, Had Orange-Chipotle BBQ Pork Chops with grilled onions for dinner, really simple and fast recipe. Earned 5 Activity points doing the bowflex and treadmill.

Tuesday 23.5 of 26 points and earned 6 activity points on the treadmill, Made a chicken and Vegetable Tikka Masala with a prepared sauce.

Wednesday 26 of 26 points and earned 2 activity points on the bowflex.

Thursday 25 of 26 points and earned 6 activity points on the treadmill

Friday 23.5 of 26 points and earned 5 activity points doing the bike and bowflex. Had grilled chicken and green bean salad.

I got fully back into working out. Hit the 28 activity points a week that I wanted. 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- Grilled Chicken and vegetables.
Monday-Crab Cakes with Smarter Tartar Sauce and salad
Tuesday- Chicken Souvlaki Sandwich
Wednesday-Pesto Chicken Pasta
Plan to make a big bowl of gazpacho for lunches.

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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