First off, my 100 mile challenge ended yesterday. I wanted to prove to myself that if I set goals or challenges for myself that I will accomplish them. So I ended up biking almost 25 miles yesterday, 7.5 miles in the morning and the rest in the evening. But I did it!
So today was the first day of the new Weight Watchers Plan. Here’s the scoop. WW PointsPlus™ are calculated based on Fat, Carbs, Protein and Fiber. They’re no longer based on calories, fat and fiber. It’s a lot more to remember and takes a bit longer to calculate. I haven’t quite figured out what I should be getting more of. I’m guessing that the lower in fat and carbs the food is, the lower PointsPlus™ value it will be. The new system is a little overwhelming to me. Instead of 28 points, I get 35 points. Instead of 31 weekly points, we now get 49. Most fruits and veggies are free, which is a plus, and YES that includes bananas, something I am thrilled about. Ultimately, I think the plan is a good one. I know without a doubt that it’s going to make me eat more fruits and veggies. I will think twice about eating some of my favorite snacky foods. I am feeling overwhelmed only because I have been following this plan for over 2 years (and in the past before that!) and I am used to it. I had points values memorized. I knew what I could eat and still have points left over at the end of the day. One good thing is that I found myself measuring everything today so I knew exactly how many PointsPlus™ I was consuming. I do wish that we could have started the new plan on our WI day. With 2 days left before WI day, I had the choice to go through and edit all of my activity and foods I entered manually, or delete them all. I chose to delete them all. So I am going to try to stick to my daily points and not use any weekly points until WI day. That was a little overwhelming for me- not knowing where I stand. I also do not know how to calculate AP’s anymore based on calories burned on my HR monitor. On the old plan, 100 calories= 1 AP. Anyone know the answer to this? I also had to shell out $43 for a new calculator and books, but I didn’t want to wait until they’re cheaper on eBay- that could be a long time! So those are my thoughts on the new plan thus far and I will be sure to share my thoughts and I continue.
This morning was an early one. Hubby had to get up at 4 AM and leave by 4:30. So I got up with him and we ate breakfast together so I could see him off for the week. I had 1 cup of oatmeal, 1/2 cup of canned peaches and 1 cup of 1% milk. This was for a total of 10 PointsPlus™. This used to be 5.5 points. It’s differences like this that are confusing as I learn how 10 points actually equates out in the new system.
After breakfast, hubby left. It was so hard to see him go after he had been home for a week. I went back to bed for a couple of hours and then it was time for work.
By my first break, I was really hungry and I wanted to eat something that would keep me satisfied until lunch. So I decided on a second breakfast. I had 1 slice of light wheat toast topped with PB and a boiled egg for 6 PointsPlus™. I had to turn this picture upside down because the eggs look like eyes…hehe.
I also brought back a cup of diet cocoa, which is no longer free on the new plan. It’s 1 PointsPlus™. 2 Tbs. of light whipped topping is still free though!
For lunch, I made a stir fry of 3 oz. turkey, 1 cup mushrooms, 1 cup broccoli, 1 roma tomato, and 1 wedge of laughing cow blue cheese. I also had 8 oz. of 100% juice and a HG corn muffin. This was 9 PointsPlus™.
For dessert, I finished up the last HG red velvet cupcake for 4 PointsPlus™.
On my last break, I shipped the giveaway package to Lori. When I got home, I had a cup of Ghirardelli coffee with vanilla creamer for 2 PointsPlus™.
And then it was back to work again. I ended up staying almost 45 minutes late tonight- which is never fun.
For supper, I only had 3 points left over. So I had 1/2 cup of egg beaters with 2 slices of turkey bacon and green onions mixed in along with an apple for 2 PointsPlus™.
After supper it was time to get back to homework after a week off. I had plans to do homework over break, but I threw all that to the side and completely enjoyed every moment of not thinking about school. While I caught up on reading, I had about 1/4 cup of blackberries for 0 PointsPlus™.
I was so hungry later on- note to self- don’t use so many points early in the day! I had 1 point left, so I had 11g of Special K crackers for 1 PointsPlus™.
That satisfied me for a little while, and then I was hungry again so I had a pear for 0 PointsPlus™.
As you can probably see, I definitely ate more fruits and veggies since I knew they were free. And I feel healthier for it. I think I’m going to like this plan once I get used to it and end up with more than 3 points left for supper!
I am printing off the list of 0 PointsPlus™ foods to take with me grocery shopping tomorrow!
I took the day off from working out today. I worked out 5 days last week- some days more than once, so I am really proud of that. Now it’s time for my next challenge- any ideas?
I also want to say that I am so proud of my Mom and Dad. Today is their first day of their new healthy lifestyle!! We are all cheering you on, Mom and Dad!! You will do great!