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So there I was, about four weeks into another healthy eating challenge at my gym, and I finally decided I couldn’t eat another food off of that dreaded list. Or it would not end well. I didn’t want to totally give up on trying to lose a few pounds, so I decided to try Weight Watchers again.
I’ve tried it in the past, and really liked how you can pretty much eat anything, but in moderation. The extreme restrictions with my gym challenge was just too much for me, and definitely not sustainable long term.
I’m going to document my meals on here so I can look back for ideas, and get some clues on what works for me and what doesn’t work.
Weight Watchers Tips
Tip #1 for this week is to WEIGH all of your food. Get a food scale and weigh everything. Measuring cups aren’t really a great method of measuring since you can underfill it, overfill it, whatever. It’s not accurate. When I only have a certain number of points/food I can eat in a day, every gram matters!
Get a food scale like this one with a glass top. Sometimes if I’m creating a recipe, I need to measure ingredients as I’m cooking, and having a glass top makes it easy to pop a hot skillet or pan on top and measure. Plastic makes it a little more difficult.
Tip #2 is to make a recipe for one of your meals, and divide it up for the week. Basically, meal prep. Evenings in my house are a really busy time with going to the gym, and my son’s baseball games and practices, so having dinner already cooked and portioned out helps tremendously.
Focus This Week
My focus this week was really to just eat foods that I’ve not been allowed to for the last few weeks and enjoy them, but still stay within my points. Pasta was a big no-no before, so I had this EVERY NIGHT for dinner this week.
I’m allowed 23 points per day, and I have 35 extra weekly points that I can dip into if I want.
How did I do this week? Well, when the week ended, I did great! I ended the week with one weekly point left.
But then, on the first day of my second week, I realized a mistake I made. One of the things I ate for breakfast every day was miscounted. 🙁
Every morning I ate two Garden Lites Spinach Egg White Frittatas. On the very first day I tracked this, I saved it as a Favorite, and thought it kept my serving of two when saved. Nope. My one point every day was really three points.
So, I went back and corrected each entry, and now my week ended with -9 points. UGH! I thought I did so great! Oh well. Lesson learned. PAY ATTENTION TO THE SERVING SIZE YOU ARE ENTERING WHEN USING FAVORITES!
Down 5.6 lbs.
Even after my point counting snafu, I had an excellent loss. So I’m not mad.
What I Ate
This week will only have 6 days, since I like my weigh-in days to be Friday, and I started on Saturday.
I didn’t know I was going to post about this at first, so I didn’t take too many pictures of my food this week. I’ll try to do better with this next week.
Above is a quick dessert I put together with sugar-free pudding, strawberries, pizelle cookies and almond milk whipped cream.
One day for lunch, I was out with my work for a quick lunch. I had to pick something on the fly from a restaurant I wasn’t familiar with. I think I did pretty good with my choices. Above is the salad I made from the salad bar. All veggies, with a little bit of chopped hard-boiled egg and feta cheese. I used plain balsamic vinegar for the dressing.
For my entree, I chose the grilled mahi mahi with black beans on the side. It was really, really good!
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Focus Next Week
My focus next week will be to try stay within my points on 6 of the 7 days. We do have a Valentine’s Day dinner planned for Saturday the 16th, so I’m not really planning on staying within points that day. I will track everything though!