Yes, I actually went to Weight Watchers because I gained weight over the winter. I've been trying to lose the weight on my own, but I realized that I needed some support. Don't get me wrong, I eat well; my meals are healthy real food meals. However, It's the quantity of good food that I eat plus the snacking that puts on the extra weight on me. For the past 2 months , I've been losing 3 pounds and gaining it back on the weekend. I felt out of control.
In desperation, I went to a Weight Watchers meeting. The lecturer was interesting, helpful and inspiring! I learned a few tips that I think will get me on track .
First of all, the lecturer was older and slim ( I liked that) , and she said she was a vegetarian ( like me).I was very curious to hear what she ate and how to start to approach trying to lose weight and stay motivated.I find as I am getting older, I have less discipline and patience for the thought of food deprivation.
I learned that on Weight Watchers you do not have deprive yourself-
Although Weight Watchers encourages eating what they call Power Foods ( real food like vegetables, beans, fruit, nuts, chicken, fish, etc.) , you can make your own choices.
If you want a cookie or ice cream you just have to account or it.
It's like a budget. I get 26 points ( each food is assigned a point value)
If I want to eat ice cream, I'm going to use up many more points than eating an apple or banana.
In fact, fresh raw fruit has a zero point value.
The main message at tonight's meeting was to record everything I eat daily! By doing that, you are supposed to become much more aware of what you are putting in your mouth. She said that in the course of a day, we often eat small things that we don't even realize.
So, even if you pop 2 M and M's in your mouth, even if you lick the spoon, or taste the soup you are preparing, you have to write it down .At the end of the day, you can really see how the little tastes of this and that you ate or polishing off the crust of your child's sandwich all add up and interfere with weight loss.
Most of the people at the Weight Watchers meeting only had about 20 pounds to lose, and they were doing great. Everyone was saying how much better they feel with their weight loss of 10 pounds or 20 pounds ( so far) . There was one man there who had lost 100 pounds and was very very proud of his accomplishments ( he should be) . The leader said to focus on the reason you decided to come to the meeting and then think about it every time you want to snack.
I received a booklet with the point values of a variety of foods as well as some suggested daily menus to get me started. I bought a little Plan and Track journal to record my food. ( or they give you a weekly paper one for free) .
A few members who had been attending for a while and had had some weight loss, shared that recording what you eat every day so you are aware of what you are actually consuming was their key to success.
So to sum it up -
1. Record what you are eating and it's point value ( or you use calorie value)
2. Don't guess the point value of a food- look it up then choose wisely. ( a brownie is 10 points- a banana is 0)
3. Make a food plan- get rid of the junk in the house( yes, you will eat it)
4. Carry healthy food with you in a baggy ( 10 almonds, or a hard boiled egg, a fruit, etc) when you will be out for a long time and become tired, hungry, or stressed. Be prepared.
5. Stay focused on the reason that you wanted to come to Weight Watchers ( fit into my clothes that are way too tight, get ready for the beach, feel more comfortable, etc.) Staying focused on your reason for following a food plan will help. So what if it's a holiday or birthday, don't get into old habits. Choose wisely.
6. Drink 6 -8 glasses on water daily
7. Be aware of bad habits like eating when not hungry, or eating unconsciously, or finishing up the kids food, etc.
My goal for this week:
- Eat my allotted point value each day
- record everything I eat
- plan my menus in advance so I know what I'm going to eat
- be prepared when I go shopping or will be out by packing a low point snack ( banana? veggy sticks? a hard boiled egg? )
- drink the encouraged 6-8 glasses of water a day
- eat power foods ( real food as opposed to processed or prepared)
The lecturer stressed that it is important to know what you are going to eat in advance, otherwise you might just grab whatever is around when you are hungry, tired, or stressed out! That makes sense!
My Sample Menu for Tomorrow: The Weight Watchers points are actually called Points Plus and personally my meals are all gluten free and vegetarian. This overnight oatmeal is a timesaver and so delicious.
Click for recipe: Weight Watchers Style overnight no cooking required oatmeal-
Breakfast: This oatmeal is creamy rich and delicious - No need to cook oatmeal. The overnight version is just assembled, put in the fridge overnight and it's ready in the morning. Eat it cold like a parfait
Overnight oatmeal , 1 add teaspoon of ground flax seeds, 6 berries for a total of 5 Point Plus
Large tossed salad ( cabbage, romaine, parsley, tomatoes, cucumber, kale) 0 Points Plus
1 TBSP. of flaxseed oil and freshly squeezed lemon juice 3 Points Plus
1/2 cup cooked chick peas 2 points Plus
1 cup of my homemade vegetable soup ( Detox Soup) 1 point Plus
I make my salads in advance in Mason jars for the week in advance: see salad shortcuts
Snack: Celery sticks and 1/4 cup of humus 2 Points Plus
1 cup of my homemade vegetable soup ( is warm and filling) 1 Point Plus
Herbal Omelette ( 2 eggs) with fat free feta cheese 1/4 cup 5 Points Plus
chopped dill, chopped cherry tomatoes, fresh basil and mint 0 Points Plus
1 small sweet potato 3 Points Plus
Snack: 3 cups of Air popped popped corn 3 Points Plus
5 glasses of water throughout the day
Total: 26 points plus
I will be planning my meals all week and weighing in Next Tuesday. I'll keep you posted
Read my other article : Lunch in a Jar
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