On the Menu This Week

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

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Weekly Round Up 9/5-9/11

I got in 0 workouts this week, BUT my knee feels better so I plan to get some in next week. My goal for next week is 15 activity points.

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

Saturday 31 of 26 points tried Balsamic Chicken, a polenta dish with Spinach, and the Zucchini with oregano and feta which was the real star.

Sunday 28 of 26 points went out for brunch and made cheesy chicken pasta shells for dinner which was good.

Monday 26 of 26 points Made Garlic Cream Shrimp which i really liked, Ben wished it was saucier.

Tuesday 25 of 26 points leftovers

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

Thursday 45 of 26 points went to dim sum for lunch which I hadn't planned for and went to Dahlia Lounge in Seattle for dinner which was excellent had a tomato salad and crab cakes, tasted Ben's 5 spice duck which was excellent and we shared a bunch of yummy desserts.

Friday 33 of 26 points went to naan and curry excellent yummy.

I earned no activity this week, my knee felt better and I'm ready to start working out again. I am working towards 15 activity points this coming week. I did not weigh in this week, my mom was visiting and I didn't feel like driving up to Kirkland. Plus I could feel the bloat from the dimsum.

Next Week's Menu
Saturday- Steak and Salad
Sunday- Sage Rubbed Pork Chops with Warm Apple Slaw
Monday-Turkey Meatloaf with Smashed Potatoes and Sour Cream
Wednesday-Greek Style Stuffed Peppers, Greek Salad and Zucchini with Oregano 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.

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