Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Let's Talk Food & My 1st 6 Weeks on Weight Watchers

If you follow me on Instagram, you've probably seen my "weight loss hand" that pops up on Wednesday mornings. On February 8th I joined Weight Watchers (WW). I've always struggled with my weight and poor eating habits because simply put I love junk food. With the support of my husband, I decided to take a huge step and join a weight loss program. Many people have reached out to me and asked for details on Weight Watchers so I thought I would share the basics of WW along with my opinion of the program, what I've been eating and how much weight I've lost as of this morning.

I am using SmartPoints and you can find out about the point system here on WW's site. The program is based around a point system that makes eating simple based on the point value per food item. Each day I am able to monitor how much I have eaten which has allowed me to established positive eating habits, which I hope leads to long-term health. The program promotes eating nutrient dense foods, but does not deny one of any particular foods in general (so yes you can still have wine, chocolate and carbs). Ideally you want to choose foods that are high protein, low sugar. Foods high in saturated fat and sugar raises the point value of the food. Along with your daily SmartPoint goal, you also have 35 weekly points. Think of these as bonus points for a treat, a special occasion or when you are just feeling a bit more hungry. WW always gives members FitPoints which are earned through working out. The FitPoints is what gets you moving and earning points that you can potentially eat later on.

I get 30 SmartPoints a day. After 6 full weeks I can honestly say that 30 keeps me full if I eat lots of protein, veggies and fruits. The first week wasn't bad but week 2 was painful. My body was missing the sugar and junk so it took a couple of days to get it wanting protein and veggies. I find that if I'm feeling hungry it's usually because I haven't drank enough water. WW doesn't give you a water goal but I try to drink between 60-80 ounces a day. But if I'm doing well on water and still feel hungry, I'll dip into my weeklies. One of the most common questions I get is about what I eat each day. Lucky for you I take photos of my food. Here is a glimpse of what I've been munching on.

As you can see I eat a variety of foods. There isn't anything that's off limits. I've had white rice, pizza, pasta, iced coffee and ice cream over the last month and a half, just not often because those items are really high in points. I am a really picky eater but I can say that WW has forced me to try new foods because they are either low points or zero points. Yes, some foods are zero points. From the photos above I'll list the foods that are "free": green beans, egg whites, peas, carrots, broccoli, pickles, asparagus, sugar snap peas, broccoli slaw and sugar-free applesauce. Fruits and veggies are zero points so I find myself reaching for those when snacking or filling my plate when hungry. I don't eat nearly as much processed foods as I used to and I hope to eat less and less that longer I am on the program.

For the sake of knowing how many calories I'm taking in, I tracked that as well last week. At the end of each day I added up the caloric value of each thing that went in my body. On average I am consuming about 1,400-1,550 calories. Not too bad, right? I feel like if I were counting calories I would likely be eating less or that's what I've done before when using MyFitnessPal. When I start working out, this may increase but that's okay because I'll have those FitPoints to help keep me full. 

In 6 weeks I've lost 12 pounds. Some weeks I've had big losses and other have been much smaller but I'm not looking for a quick fix. I'm looking for healthy eating habits and mental strength. I didn't gain the weight I want to lose overnight so I don't expect it to disappear that quickly either. My goal is to lose 43 pounds. With my current loss, I'm making really great progress. 

So is Weight Watchers for you? I don't know. I do know that it's something to consider if you are wanting to make changes in your eating habits. I love going to the weekly meetings. I don't mind weighing in each week because with each loss, you often get rewarded. Someone mentioned the cost and for me, it's worth every penny because this program is the only one I've tried in the last 4 years that has given me the tools to losing weight in a healthy way. 

I am going to have weeks were I don't lose, I may even gain. But this is what keeps me motivated. As of today, I am on track to hit my goal weight by late October. I can't imagine any other birthday gift to myself in November than to be at my goal weight. This is what keeps me moving forward, giving it my all. 

Please keep in mind I'm not a nutritionist or doctor, just a Momma trying to get her groove back. If what you read above is of interest, feel free to reach to me or even consult your family doctor. As always do your own research and ask questions. Find what works for you!

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