Home Improvement, Self Improvement

While I’m working on our house, I figured it’s also a good time to work on myself and since the reno budget doesn’t have a “liposuction” line item, I’m trying to exercise at least 3-4 times a week and I joined Weight Watchers. It turns out one of my builders is on it, too. I signed on for a 20-week session with a local group. If nothing else, this will keep some of my stress eating and my holiday eating in check. In theory, the Plan A reno will be over before my session is

Earlier this year  WW came out with a new point system that’s much friendlier to short people (me) who only have a little bit of weight to lose (also me). I once flirted with the old system after seeing a colleague do well on it, but she was at least 10 inches taller than me and was trying to drop 80 or so pounds. She had a decent amount of points each day, but when we calculated my allowance, it seemed I would only be able to enjoy bread, water and air.

I have some research to do to acclimate to the Points Plus system and integrate it into my thinking and my diet. But I know this, vegetables and fruits are free. So when I wanted a snack yesterday and didn’t care to write it in my little food journal, I figured I’d snack on cauliflower. Without dip. Because surely the dip wouldn’t be free and then I’d have to do those point calculations.

So I nibbled on a few florettes (I’m a big veggie fan. Also a big cookie and chocolate fan, which is my downfall). That got boring quickly. Then I steamed the head of cauliflower and nibbled on a few more. Then I grabbed a chunk of a giant cookie my son and I baked the day before.

This might not bode well for my success* with the program.

Here are a few foodie finds from a recent garage sale shopping haul:

 

*The program allows for bonus points each week that can be used for little snacks like the bit of cookie. I lost more than 2 pounds my first week.

Disclosure: I have no official relationship with Weight Watchers beyond the fat (ha!) check I wrote them for the 20 week session.

Are you on Weight Watchers or some fitness plan? Any tips? My goal is to lose a total of 10-12 pounds.

3 Responses to Home Improvement, Self Improvement
  1. Asianmommy
    October 24, 2011 | 7:40 pm

    I’ve heard lots and lots of tips, but I’m not sure what works best. Exercise most days of the week. Don’t eat after 7 pm–brush your teeth right after dinner so you’re not tempted to eat again before bed. Drink lots of water (no soda/juice). Don’t skip meals. Eat small, frequent meals. When eating out, eat half of your meal and bring the rest home for later. Don’t have junk food in the house. Load up on fruits, veggies, and fiber. Avoid simple carbs. Good luck on reaching your goal!

    • admin
      October 24, 2011 | 10:36 pm

      Thanks! I was about to grab a dessert tonight, but then I saw your comment and decided on a piece of minty gum instead. It worked!

  2. RL Julia
    October 26, 2011 | 1:44 pm

    Always trying to lose weight. Did WW once -it was by far my most successful effort. Eat lots of veggies, drink lots of water and remember it took you a long time to gain the weight, it won’t all come off at once.

    The hardest thing, I found is just having to reorganize one’s eating habits. Gone are the days that I could eat as much as I wanted whenever I wanted and not gain weight – on the other hand, I find that three -four weeks with virtually no baked goods (my downfall for sure) reduced my sweet tooth so that I don’t want to eat a ton of them (or really anything super sweet) anymore. Long live fruit!