My Life on Weight Watchers

So I thought I would give you all a little update of how I'm doing on the diet so far.

1. I have been doing Weight Watchers (to a "T", no fudge ups so far) for 5.5 days. I have already lost 4 lbs.
2. I have found that planning out or thinking about what I want to eat for the whole day helps me stay on track. For example, the other day I had lunch with my friend Julie at Sweet Tomatoes. I had had a 4 point breakfast, so I went on Dottie's Weight Loss Zone and checked how many points certain foods would be at the restaurant before I went so I could know what good choices would be. I also used Weight Watcher's recipe builder to plug in the ingredients I planned to use to cook that night's dinner and found out how many points that would cost me. That way, I knew what the whole day would look like and I didn't risk going over my point allowance.
3. I LOVE Chipotle. My love for their barbacoa bowl runs VERY deep. I like it with rice, fajita veggies, barbacoa (shredded beef), cheese, sour cream, medium salsa and lettuce. BUT- that is 21 points. However, the portions are generous- so I decided I would get all of the ingredients I like, but only eat half of the bowl. Turns out half of the bowl is PLENTY and I feel full AND satisfied!
4. I bought a great cookbook called "The Most Decadent Diet Ever" by Devin Alexander upon the recommendation of Melissa, who commented on my last blog entry (thanks Melissa!) and it is a great book. Devin Alexander is the chef from the show The Biggest Loser and the book is all about making your favorite recipes, but in a way that they become lighter and healthier but without losing taste. I made her brownie bites on the first night, and OMG they are great! And only 109 calories and 1 gram of fat for two!! Woot woot!
5. I started cooking all point-friendly meals for dinner for the whole family. They can always have larger portions if they like- but it makes it easier for me to stay on track. And I only cook healthy meals that taste great too- so they're not complaining. (Ok, so my 2 year old isn't eating much of anything these days- but, he's two- and that's a WHOLE 'nother blog post! ;-))
6. I learned that my appetite is highest ( when it is hardest not to just grab a bunch of snak food and start munching like a mad-woman) right before dinner and right before bed (I think because I stay up to late expending energy on cleaning). So I have to plan on needing a couple of late night points for a snack and a point or so before dinner so I am not too hungry and binge at dinner or can't sleep over my stomach growling.

Here are some of my favorite low point snacks:
-raw bell pepper slices (multi-color-red, yellow, orange) with hummus 1-2 points, (depending on how much hummus I use)
-salad with low-fat dressing (imitation bacon bits add flavor and crunch for 0 points)
-strawberries with light whipped cream (1 point!)
-Trader Joe's or Market Pantry light string cheese (1 point)
-Kashi Dark Chocolate Cherry Bars

I have a few meal highlights to share as well. The first dinner I made WW style, was a taco salad- using this Turkey Taco Filling Recipe from Gina's Weight Watcher's Recipes blog. I served the taco meat on top of a bed of lettuce, crunched up low-fat blue corn tortilla chips (from Trader Joe's) and reduced fat mozzarella cheese then topped it with light sour cream and hot sauce for a delicious 7 point dinner. Very filling, very flavorfull- EASY to make!

This week, I also adapted Pioneer Woman's Pasta with Red Pepper Cream Sauce recipe to make it WW friendly. I changed the cream to fat-free half and half, decreased the oil a tad and used whole wheat pasta. Still AWESOME.

Here are some pictures to prove to you that dieting doesn't mean you have to eat tasteless and tiny food!

Strawberries with light whipped cream
PW's (lightened up) Pasta with Red Pepper Cream SauceTurkey Taco Salad(all mixed up)Dessert (low-fat/low-cal/high flavor brownie bites, 1/4 cup super premium vanilla ice cream + whipped light cream) 5 pointsMy favorite quick/easy breakfast: Thomas' Better Start English Muffin with Red. Fat Mozzarella and Bacon Bits, broiled for 3 points.

1 comment:

  1. I think the way I can be successful on WW is if you come, move in with me, and then cook for me. Sound like a plan? I am no where close to your 4 lb weight loss! Congrats!


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