On the Menu This Week

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

Sunday, September 20, 2009

The Weekly Round Up 9/12-9/18

I got in 5 workouts this week

OK so down to the details of the week.
Summary I used 21/35 Weekly Points and I earned 18 Activity Points.

Saturday 25 of 26 points went out for brunch then had steak and salad for dinner

Sunday 33 of 26 points made a strata for breakfast that turned out really well. Had sage rubbed pork chops with a warm apple slaw, it was good but needs some work.

Monday 17 of 26 points laughing cow sandwich for breakfast, strata for lunch, turkey meatloaf with smashed potatoes for dinner, the turkey meatloaf was super moist and yummy.

Tuesday 17 of 26 points leftovers

Wednesday 27.5 of 26 points. leftovers for dinner and salad and fruit for lunch

Thursday 20 of 26 points

Friday 45 of 26 points went out to dinner for our one month anniversay.

I had a goal of 15 activity points this week and I exceeded it! I was very happy with this and this week's goal is 20 activity points. The Turkey Meatloaf was so delicious and moist it will be the recipe. I lost 1.2 pounds which was not as much as I had hoped but I'm feeling it in my clothes so I hope to see the results on the scale soon. I took a great cooking class that focused on one large (cheap) cut of meat and making 3 dished out of it. So this week we are doing the pork as you will notice from the menu...

Next Week's Menu
Saturday- Pizza
Sunday- Greek Style Stuffed Peppers, Oregano and Feta Zucchini
Monday-Roasted Pork with Salsa Verde
Wednesday-Chipotle Pork Tacos with Avacado
Thursday-Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Coleslaw
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