On the Menu This Week

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

Saturday, August 8, 2009

The Weekly Round up 8/1-8/7

I got in 6 workouts this week. I did the bowflex 3 days and a mix of cardio on all 6 and I earned 31 Activity Points 3 more than I plan

OK so down to the nitty gritty of the week.
Summary I used 34/35 Weekly Points and I earned 31 Activity Points.

Saturday I ate 60 of 26 points, went to Family Reunion BBQ and Italian for dinner.

Sunday I ate 26 of 26 points. We had a big brunch and simple grilled chicken for dinner. I earned 4 activity points

Monday I ate 25.5 of 26 points, Yum Yum Crabcakes with smarter tartar and tomato mozzarella salad. Earned 5 Activity points doing the bowflex and treadmill.

Tuesday 25.5 of 26 points and earned 6 activity points on the treadmill, Chicken Souvlaki Sandwiches another Ben favourite, he just wants more feta...

Wednesday 26 of 26 points and earned 5 activity points on the bowflex and treadmill. I had gazpacho for lunch it turned out great, nothing like a cold vegetable soup to fill you up and taste great. Dinner was Chicken Pesto Pasta with zucchini, made it up off the cuff and the light pesto was good.

Thursday 23.5 of 26 points and earned 6 activity points on the treadmill. Had leftovers for dinner and had gazpacho

Friday 24 of 26 points and earned 5 activity points doing the bike and bowflex. Leftovers again.

I earned more than my 28 activity point goal, 31 hooray! Was a serious chicken week, next week we need to shake things up a bit more but have to not have too many leftovers since we will be gone friday for 10 days.

Next Week's Menu
Saturday- Going out for dinner
Sunday- Fish Tacos
Monday-Hamburgers and Caprese salad
Tuesday- Sausage with Bulgar and Kale
Thursday-Grilled Chicken Sausage, green beans
Friday-out of town

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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