Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Trying Something New

I weigh every morning and this morning it slipped my mind. I hate not having somewhat of an idea of what will happen for my official weigh in tomorrow!

For breakfast this morning, I ate toast with PB and a sliced banana, Egg Beaters with Laughing Cow and FF turkey along with a glass of milk for 7 points. 32 grams of protein. 417 calories.

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I decided to track my protein today. I think I read somewhere that we should be eating about half our body weight in protein. So if I weigh 210 lbs., I should be eating 105 grams of protein. I was interested to see where I stack up.

And then I also decided to see how many calories I’m actually eating vs. points on WW.

I made an appointment at a consignment store to drop off more items to sell. This gave me a chance to drive my new Jeep and hopefully I will make some more money! While driving, I drank my coffee with Almond Joy Creamer for 1 point. 50 calories. 0 Protein.

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The program I am using to track calories counts calories for plain coffee…that’s new to me!

The consignment store ended up taking about 20 items. So that’s good!

For lunch, I ate tuna with light Miracle Whip, sliced tomatoes, green beans, and squash soup for 7 points. 30 grams of protein. 297 calories.

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I love those vine ripened tomatoes. They cost a little more but the flavor is so much better.

I finished it up with a small apple and PB for 3 points. 4 grams of protein. 172 calories.

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Filled me up, as always!

Starting tomorrow, I am going to start counting calories instead of points. I am using a free website that offers a free App for my phone and my iPad. I used it today and it is very intuitive and very easy to use. I’m going to see how this goes for a week and decide if I want to continue it. I won’t be making any quick decisions and canceling my WW membership right away, but I am considering it if I like this and it works for me. This means counting calories for fruits and vegetables and for everything that goes into my mouth. No “free” foods. It also shows me charts of the nutrients I am eating, etc. I will not be counting my points next week, like I’m doing today, as doing both gets a little time consuming. I will be interested to see what the results are!

After lunch, I cleaned out my second closet. I forgot to take a before picture, but it was in pretty bad shape! I was able to pack up A LOT of clothes from this closet to take to the consignment store. But here is my after:


I have WAY too many shoes. For now, I just put them in bags (which you can see are stuffed in the bottom of my closet), but I need to find a better way to organize them. And these aren’t all of them!


My next project is to clean out my clothes drawers. I am finally starting to have a lot more room in my closets! I don’t want to buy any new clothes for a while though. It was fun trying on a skirt that I’m saving to show my progress. I wore this skirt a tad big when it fit, because that felt comfortable to me, and now I could practically fit 1 1/2 of me in it! Someday I’ll post a picture—but probably not until I reach my goal! Open-mouthed smile

If I ever get there… at least that’s how I’ve been feeling lately!

For a snack, I made a green smoothie with 1/3 cup light vanilla yogurt, 2 oranges, 2 cups of spinach, and 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder for 2 points. 234 calories. 14.4 grams of protein.

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It seems to me that something that is only 2 points should not be 234 calories? I think this experiment will be an eye opener for me! This was almost as many calories as my lunch. But I do know that this is healthy for me.

I finally got some exercise in today. I biked 9.6 miles in 40 minutes and burned 229 calories. It felt great! Plus, I watched an episode of Ugly Betty and that made it go really fast!

For supper, I made fish tacos and I also ate tortilla chips for a total of 10 points. 512 calories. 20.4 grams of protein.

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For dessert, I ate a serving of Girl Scout Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies along with FF/SF chocolate pudding for 6 points. 260 calories. 2 grams of protein.

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More than I would normally eat for dessert, but I had the points for it! I actually still have 1 point left over.

I ended up eating 102.9 grams of protein today. Just short of my goal. I really had to add extra protein to my usual diet to get it even that high! So I have some work to do.

I ate 1,941 calories today. I can eat 1,964 calories per day and still lose 1 lb. per week. I will be interested to see if this works. If these numbers add up, how would I lose ANY weight if I were eating all of my daily points and eating weekly points too!

The program I am using also factors in exercise and you can eat those calories each day if you want to also. So it says I have 252 more calories to eat today if I so wish.

I would like to lose more than 1 lb. per week, but I don’t want to overdo it and feel deprived. I think I’ll start here.

I was also shocked to see that I ate 3,561.8 mg of sodium today!! And I thought I controlled the sodium in my diet…So many things to look at! So many areas to improve. But doing this today opened my eyes to quite a few things. I’m excited for this next week!


  1. I started tracking calories in October. I had begun to yo-yo on Weight Watchers and could not figure out why. Anyway, it was a HUGE eye-opener for me and helped me see fruit and veggies are really not "free". I'll be interested to see how it goes for you. I ended up canceling my WW membership the end of November.

  2. I tried counting calories and points for a full week and found out that I was averaging 1200 calories a day which I am able to do and maintain. I've said before I do not allow myself ANY weekly points and I count each portion of fruit as one point. I won't count veggies like green beans or lettuce and tomato but I definitely count potatoes, corn and beans.

    My husband eats a minimum of three servings of fruit a day which he does not count and he has stalled out on his weight loss. I know it would start again if he would either count fruit or only have one serving a day.

  3. You need to find what works for you. Counting calories would drive me nuts, lol. Although on the old WW I was curious how many calories I was eating a day, and it came out to anywhere from 1100-1250, so not bad. I'm eating basically the same stuff on the new system so I figure it's probably about the same. I've been trying to watch my sodium intake too, so hard! It's in everything! Good luck =)

  4. I love the food photos; they give me lots of ideas for meals/snacks to try.

    I've never been on WW but a few friends have and I never understood the idea of "free" foods. It will be interesting to see how the calorie counting goes!

    With regards to your "things to improve" it looks like you already have a pretty healthy diet...I wouldn't rush to make too many changes at once! :)

  5. One reason I decided to count calories rather than points was that a lot of times when I put my food in on ww's I was within my points buy way too low on calories I'm talking less than 1,000! Other days I was really high. And like you I need to track my sodium because I have high blood pressure.
    Do whatever works for you!

  6. Great job tracking everything!

    Wow that's a lot of clothes/accessories you cleaned out. It's such a great idea to go to a consignment store! I always end up donating to Goodwill since their trailer is on the way to work.

  7. I started counting calories too and it made a big difference. What app are you using? I have one, but it doesn't do half as much as yours!

  8. yummy eats! do you make those pudding servings in bulk so they're ready to grab and eat? what a great idea! i like the pictures of your daily eats, i say i'll do that and i always forget!

  9. I can not imagine eating half my weight in protein...I'm going to try and track mine tomorrow now..thanks for sharing that bit of info!

  10. So I need to be half protein and the other half water, right? Haha. I know SOOOO many people leaving WW for calorie counting and they are loving it. It'll be neat to see what you decide. Sounds like your app is really cool! Best of luck! The closet looks great. You should've shipped off shoes to Haiti! LOL Just teasin'. I have an over the door cloth shoe rack I got at Kmart for $12. I love it. It's not bulky at all and it doesn't keep my door from shutting like my old mental shoe rack did.

  11. I'm counting calories, too, and it is doing great things for me. I'm not saying that WW is bad, it doe work for some people, but I was not one of them. I love knowing exactly how many calories I'm eating each day. Good luck to you!

  12. Your meals looked nutritious and yummy!!

  13. I'm so hopeless and shameless that I look at your closet and think to myself "I need HER to come and sort my mess out." How outrageous, right? :) I think this also says you did a good job.

    By the way I don't know what app you use, but I recommend Spark People, which also has an app and I love it. It is a whole community as well, although I haven't been involved in such a long time, I still use the trackers when I'm up to it. It also gives you daily feedback, so you can see where you got your most calories from and protein, carb, fat percentages. Yeah, I'm a fan :) At least I used to be. Trying to get back the habit.

  14. You now not a day goes by without me reading your posts to follow your journey to the new you, you so desire.
    I dont often stop to comment and we both know why this is...but today I decided to stop as I see you are making changes towards the right direction....and wanted to tell you this.
    I found doing WW ( and I lost all my weight ) never taught me how to eat clean and healthy foods....I ate diet filled ( aspartame ) and fat free....
    So from me to you....keep took me a while to get to where I am be kind to yourself...

  15. I'm a die hard calorie counter. Always have been. My sister did lose all her weight on WW the first time around and since then has gone back and forth between calories and WW. I've never tried anything else. I too don't get the idea of "free" food. Nothing's really free when you are trying to lose weight. Anyways, good for you for trying something new and really taking a look at what you are doing and coming up with new ways to try to improve.

  16. Best wishes on the journey Alissa. I'm 100% sure you WILL reach goal, no matter what system you use to get there. Have a good Wed.

  17. I started counting calories about 5 or 6 weeks ago (never done weight watchers) and have been running for 8 weeks now. I've lost 20 pounds so far. I LOVE seeing your pictures of food-except that they always make me hungry! :)


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