So it’s been a bit of time since I posted on here but I’ll spare you all of my excuses.
Regardless of how long it has been – I’m back!
And I’ve got a whole new exciting topic to start writing about – WEIGHT WATCHERS!
About a month ago, I wrote a post talking about how I was thinking about signing up. I had never done any sort of diet program like that before and I was interested to see if I would be more successful.
I was so happy when I heard from one of my friends, Laura, that she was thinking about doing it too! So we started chatting and agreed, AFTER the holidays, that we would start going to the meetings. Laura has done WW before so she was already “in the know” with the best meeting leaders available. Our first meeting was last Friday and I could see why Laura liked this particular leader. Her name is Adrienne and she’s got the energy of a three-year-old after their nap and I love it! I was surrounded by about thirty other women all in there for the same purpose – to get healthier! Adrienne pumped us full of faith in ourselves while talking about her own struggles with her weight. I’m excited for Friday to arrive because according to the scale, I’m already down 4.4 pounds! Water weight or whatever it is, it was nice to see a decrease of numbers.
Weight Watchers has a new program out called “Simple Start” with a fool-proof plan for two weeks to help newbies get started. With helpful pictures and easy to follow listed meal choices, it takes away the stress of planning your meals. I bought most of the food that was suggested but during the past three days that I’ve been doing it, I’ve made a few small modifications.
I don’t want to start eating a whole bunch of chemically made foods because WW suggests it. The program highly suggests eating things like non-fat cheese, light yogurt, and non-fat dressing but after staring at the ingredient list of these products at the grocery store, I decided I’d rather take the additional points and eat foods with ingredients I can pronounce.
One ingredient in many of these products is aspartame. I’m just not down with aspartame, as I’ve mentioned in a few posts. When I lost all my weight seven years ago, I never bought the low-fat or light options. Jamie, a previous weight loss mentor/nutritionist of mine, was very clear on her logic of weight-loss marketed foods. She would much rather me have me consume a normal yogurt with 120 calories than a light yogurt with just 80 because the nutritional contents of the actual food ingredients are MUCH better for our bodies than the empty aspartame calories of a light yogurt.
So I bought blue dressing dressing made with yogurt, rather than some weird modified oil. It has only 35 calories and costs me one point. So worth it.
I also have bread that is 60 calories (or 2 points) per slice. And it’s not advertised as a “light bread.” It’s just a simple bread. And I’m not afraid to eat it.
Those two pieces of bread, a little homemade jam, and two eggs have started me off in a happy way the past few days. For my other meals, I had to get a bit more creative. Alyssa and I got to reconnect with one of our high school homegirls – Lisa – who happens to be super smart when it comes to losing weight and eating well since she’s dropped 130 pounds! After I discovered my whole wheat penne ate up like 15 points on my first day, I tried out one of her suggestions to use shredded vegetables instead of pasta . To my surprise – IT WAS AWESOME! It was even more awesome when I told Alyssa how I had tried it – and she happened to try it that very same night for her first time! I just threw some broccoli slaw into a pot of boiling water with some broccoli I had started earlier, covered it with a ground turkey and tomato sauce I had made, and have had a deliciously healthy (and just 4 WW points) for the past two nights.
What kinds of little tricks have you learned to sneak vegetables into your day?
Have a lovely Tuesday,