On the Menu This Week

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

Saturday, September 26, 2009

The Weekly Round up 9/19-9/25

I got in 8 workouts this week.

OK so down to the details of the week.

Summary I used 25.5/35 Weekly Points and I earned 35 Activity Points.
I'm up 1.6 pounds!!!!! Grrrr usually I can point to something I did in the week that led to a gain but not this week, which is what frustrates me. It's not the loss that is frustrating it's the not knowing what led to it. Logically it is upping my workouts and having alot of sore muscles, sore muscles retain water to help them heal, but there is no eating incident that pops out and says me me pick me.
This week I cooked a pork shoulder on monday and made it into 3 different meals all of which turned out well and some of which will be remade with chicken for a lighter option.

Saturday 41 of 26 points Cooking class tasting and pizza for dinner. No activity

Sunday 25 of 26 points Cherry Vanilla Oatmeal, grilled cheese for lunch and greek style stuffed peppers for dinner, these turned out very well, hearty filling and only about 2.5 oz of meat in each serving. No activity

Monday 25 of 26 points Peanut butter and banana on a sandwich thin, leftover peppers and the first of the many pork meals this week, Roasted Pork with salsa verde, brown rice and greenbeans. Earned 4 activity points

Tuesday 26 of 26 points leftovers. 4 activity points

Wednesday 27.5 of 26 points. Chipotle pork tacos, YUM. Earned 9 activity points

Thursday 28.5 of 26 points, leftover tacos. 9 activity points

Friday 33.5 of 26 points chopped chicken salad and chicken wontons for lunch, pulled pork sandwiches with coleslaw. Made the dressing with low fat mayo and it turned out really well.

I had a goal of 24 activity points this week and I exceeded it! I have upped my activity this week and plan to continue that. My goal for next week is 35 activity points, this includes walking in the afternoon 5 days (I earn about 4 points on these walks) so that's only 15 activity points elsewhere, I will probably exceed this but the goal is 35.

GOALS. Ok so with the lose for good campaign I decided I could lose 10 pounds, well no. When will I learn that setting myself a number and a date always backfires for me????? So instead my new goal is to lose and to up my activity and make progress on the 200 squats, 100 push-ups and 200 sit up challenges. These goals are much more realistic and achievable.

Next Week's Menu
Saturday- Eating Out
Sunday- Mac and 4 cheese (sounds decadent but its only 8 points and made with winter squash)
Monday-Tuscan Roasted Chicken and Vegetables
Wednesday-Sweet and Sour Shrimp with Brown Rice
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