Sunday, January 11, 2009

Weight watchers update

For those of you who do not know how Weight Watchers works, here is a little background info:

Its pretty simple, you get a certain number of points, which are based off of your age, sex, activity level, and your current weight. You can eat whatever you like as long as you do not go over YOUR number of points.

To figure out how many points a certain food item/meal is you have to know how many calories, total grams of fat, and the total amount of fiber. Once you figure that out you look at your WW chart, to see how many points that item/meal is.

Its important to make sure you are eating the correct portion size. This is the biggest part for me, I do not eat a lot of unhealthy foods, I just eat too big a portion.

On top of your daily points you also get an extra 35 points to use whenever you want within that week. You can splurge and have a treat, of you can break down the points, and use a few each day.

You have to eat 5 servings of fruits or veggies each day, drink 6 glasses of water, 2 servings of dairy, 1 serving of healthy oil, and a good amount of healthy protein.

Some things we have been eating to stay within our points, and also fill us up are:

Fruit with every meal: Banana's and grapes are my favorite, one medium banana is 1 point, 1/2 cup of grapes are 1 point.

Snacking on raw veggies: Most veggies are 0-1 point per serving

Low fat Hellmonds mayo-1 table spoon is one point

Eggs: a boiled egg, 2 points

Natures own whole wheat double fiber 2 slices are zero points

Fiber one bars- oats and chocolate for a nice treat are 2 points.

Fiber one yogurts- 1 point.

WW smart ones microwave meals vary in points from 4-8

Here is a sample of one of my days this week:

Breakfast: Medium Banana, Fiber bar, water: 3 points

Lunch: large peach, 1/4 cup of tuna, 1 tablespoon of mayo, 2 slices of natures own whole wheat double fiber bread, 1 diet Dr. Dr Pepper - 4.5 points

Snack- 1 1/4 cups of raw carrots, water .5 points

For dinner this day we went to Applebee's I had a house salad with low fat cheese, and low fat ranch dressing, a grilled chicken sandwich on a wheat bun, with tomatoes, mushrooms, and low fat mayo for a total of 12 points.On this day I still had points left over.

I have yet to really start working out, we have been going for nightly walks together, and I will start jogging on my treadmill 4-5 days a week starting tomorrow.

In between meals I drink water like its going out of style. I have limited my soda to one every other day, so far so good. In six days I have dropped 6.5lbs!

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