On the Menu This Week

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

Monday, November 2, 2009

The Weekly Round up 10/24-10/30

I got in 11 workouts this week.

Summary I used 35/35 Weekly Points, consumed 3 of my activty points and I earned 42 Activity Points.

I'm down .4 pounds, which is ok. I met my 40 Activity point goal.

Saturday 49 of 26 points boring breakfast, went out to a greek dinner. Earned 2 Activity points

Sunday 25 of 26 points Smothered Pork chops in onion gravy. Earned 9 activity points

Monday 22 of 26 points Tomato-Meat Sauce with spaghetti squash. Earned 9 activity points

Tuesday 41 of 26 points leftovers. . thai lunch, corn and bean casserole. Earned 8 activity points

Wednesday 24 of 26 points. Leftovers. Earned 7 activity points

Thursday 26 of 26 points, leftovers. 5 activity points

Friday 24.5 of 26 points leftovers. 2 activity points

I had a goal of 40 activity points this week and I beat it by 2 points, I am feeling a touch burned out so I plan to aim for 30 activity points this week

I did 3 days of the Push up challenge, and did Squats and Sit ups one day each.

Next Week's Menu
Saturday- Out
Sunday- Lemon Garlic Marinated Lamb Chops with Grilled Romaine
Monday- Mustard-Maple Glazed Chicken Thighs, Sweet Potato and green beans
Wednesday- Peppercorn Pork with Wine Sauce and Roasted Potatoes
Thursday-Tuscan Roasted Chicken

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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