On the Menu This Week

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

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Biggest Loser

So I HATE HATE HATE reality TV. Really it's just lame. HOWEVER, I love The Biggest Loser. Unrealistic, yes, no one can lose that amount of weight on their own at home. But it's still very inspirational. It reminds me that I can work out out alot more than I currently do and given that I have a big goal in the next 4 months that's the plan.

I see these people who are so much larger than me doing much harder workouts and I KNOW I can up my game. So my commitment is to earn at least 35 Activity Points a week starting next week. This is a 1 pound loss from exercise alone and should bring me to my goals along with following the WeightWatchers eating plan. I also plan to try to clean up my eating some, and make smarter choices of more filling foods.

1 comment:

  1. Just read this, and totally hear you on upping the motivation. My new plan started on Saturday, and so far so good.... Even long-standing, semi-successful goals can use a new lease on them, no? Let's both recommit!


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.

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