On the Menu This Week

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

Sunday, August 30, 2009

The Weekly Round up 8/22-8/28

I got in 0 workouts this week.

OK so down to the nitty gritty of the week.
Summary I used 35/35 Weekly Points and I earned 0 Activity Points.

Saturday I was out of town and not counting

Sunday I was out of town and not counting

Monday Honestly not sure why I wasn't tracking properly but here goes from memory :P
26 of 26 points, had latte for breakfast, chicken teriyaki for lunch and chicken soba salad for dinner, wait I didn't track cuz it was a crazy day, first day back out running errands all day.

Tuesday 26 of 26 points and earned 0 activity points, had clam chowder and steamed clams for lunch at pike's place market, that place has become WAY too touristy! Dinner was sloppy joe's. Still can't workout...

Wednesday 24.5 of 26 points. leftover sloppy joe's for lunch, succotash with seared scallops for dinner.

Thursday 22 of 26 points way too many sloppy joes...

Friday 24 of 26 points leftover night.

I earned no activity this week, my knee is pretty much in constant pain, need to get health insurance soon...
I was happy with my small gain. I had given myself a not more than 5 pounds goal since well we went to vegas and went to some amazing restaurants, then were at a convention that only had really lousy junk food, and we had no car. However I only gained 1.4 which when you take out the fact that I put jeans back on for weigh-ins, had to at some point, and they weigh 1.1 pounds i really actually maintained, not bad at all. This week is hard

Next Week's Menu
Saturday- Going out for dinner
Sunday- Steak, Baked Potato and Green Beans
Monday-Feta Chicken pasta
Tuesday-Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin, stir fry and rice
Thursday-Baked Shrimp with tomatoes and Feta
Friday- leftovers

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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