A week in the life of Ann on Weight Watchers

On Monday night I had a Morningstar Crumblers, red potatoes, onions, garlic and seasonings and a beer.

One of my regular readers, Jen, asked if I would be willing to share what I eat to be successful on Weight Watchers®.

So I am going to share my “menus”/tracking/what I have eaten this week.

For those of you not familiar with WW–just a few things I want to mention before I launch into my food intake.

Right now I don’t attend meetings (I do highly recommend finding a meeting that works for you. The support and ideas are amazing.) I track my food daily online.

When on WW you get daily points, weekly points (which can be distributed throughout the week or maybe for one big outing or “frivolous” meal or party) and you can also earn activity points–if you exercise you earn more points for the day (and week).

To be successful in weight loss or maintaining your weight planning is very important. I will admit that lately my planning hasn’t been great. Lucky for me at work we have a salad bar with a good variety of items and usually a lot of protein.

Monday

  • 8+ glasses of water
  • Breakfast: oatmeal with 2 tbsp of brown sugar and coffee with Silk Creamer and one Splenda.
  • Morning snack: banana and Babybel Light Cheese
  • Lunch: leftovers of sautéed  zucchini in garlic and Pam and seasonings and one cup of brown rice; small salad from work salad bar with greens, carrots, bleu cheese, garbanzo beans and squirted with lemon juice
  • Afternoon snack(s): orange; 23 raw almonds; and apple
  • Dinner: 2/3 cup of Morningstar Grillers Crumbles, four small red potatoes sautéed in Pam and garlic and seasonings. I had enough Points and decided to also have a beer
  • Activity: Body Conditioning class, which includes cardio, abs, weights, and working all body parts, for 1 hour.

Tuesday

  • 8+ glasses of water
  • Breakfast: oatmeal with 2 tbsp of brown sugar and coffee with Silk Creamer and one Splenda.
  • Morning snack: banana and Babybel Light Cheese
  • Lunch: Salad with mixed greens and spinach topped with carrots, tofu, bleu cheese, mushrooms, Brussels sprouts, walnuts, hard boiled egg, 1 tsp of olive oil and balsamic vinegar
  • Afternoon snack(s): orange; apple; two Werther’s Apple Filled caramel candies
  • Dinner: 2 oz. of whole wheat penne pasta, sautéed tomatoes in garlic and Pam with 1 tsp of fancy lemon olive oil
  • Evening snack: cup of hot apple cider
  • Activity: 90 minutes of Hatha Yoga
Wednesday
  • 8+ glasses of water
  • Breakfast: oatmeal with 2 tbsp of brown sugar and coffee with Silk Creamer and one Splenda. (And yes, I am on an oatmeal kick right now. Usually at work I have oatmeal or cereal. It’s too cold for cereal right now.)
  • Morning snack: banana and Babybel Light Cheese
  • Lunch: spinach salad topped with carrots, garbanzo beans, sou beans, tofu, hard boiled egg, Brussels sprouts, bleu cheese, 1 tsp olive and balsamic vinegar
  • Afternoon snack(s): 7 dried dates; orange; apple
  • Dinner: Spicy Black Bean Burger and mashed cauliflower (fake mashed potatoes)
  • Activity: 90 minutes of Hatha Yoga
Thursday
  • 8 glasses of water
  • Breakfast: oatmeal with 2 tbsp of brown sugar and coffee with Silk Creamer and one Splenda.
  • Morning snack: Babybel Light Cheese
  • Lunch: 1/2 fillet of salmon, 1 cup of broccoli and 1 cup of spinach all drizzled with balsamic vinegar
  • Afternoon snack: Ghiradelli Eggnog Square; banana; second cup of coffee with Silk Creamer and Splenda
  • Dinner: Shrimp, zucchini and 1 cup brown rice sautéed in garlic and Pam with Cajun seasoning along with a beer and a shot of marshmallow vodka. (Yes, it was a bad day.)
  • Activity: I planned to go to the gym. But once it came time to go I was wiped out from a crappy day and decided to skip it.

Friday

  • 8 glasses of water
  • Breakfast: 2 cups of coffee with coconut milk creamer and two slices of toasted wheat Sara Lee Delightful with 1 tbsp of peanut butter and a banana
  • Lunch: 1 cup of creamy tomato soup poured over 1 cup of brown rice
  • Afternoon snack(s): cup of hot apple cider; apple; 23 raw almonds; roasted seaweed
  • Dinner: 1 cup with brown rice, tofu, Panda Express Kung Pao sauce and seasonings and a beer and a shot of marshmallow vodka (Yum!)
  • Activity: 90 minutes of Vinyasa Yoga flow

Saturday

  • 10+ glasses of water
  • Breakfast: 1/2 cup of grape-nuts cereal, 1/2 cup fat free milk and unsweetend canned peaches (I rinse off al the juice before putting on my cereal.)
  • Second breakfast: (On weekends I usually have a small breakfast before I exercise and then another one after I get home.) poached egg, 2 slices of bacon and half of 100 calorie English muffin (The Husband had the other half). (I normally have turkey bacon but The Husband bought some bacon along with our Thanksgiving ham order.) And my coffee: 2 cups with coconut milk creamer and Splenda.
  • Afternoon snack(s) (aka adult beverages): marshmallow vodka (It might have been a mistake to buy that huge bottle …)
  • Dinner: (Friends/neighbors invited us for dinner. And this is where the weekly extra points come in handy.) Baguette and brie, 2 glasses of red wine, sushi: nigiri: tai; hamachi; sake; and tamago and edamame.
  • Activity: An hour of spin and 30 minutes of ab class

Sunday

  • 8 glasses of water
  • Breakfast: 1/2 cup of grape-nuts cereal, 1/2 cup fat free milk and unsweetend canned peaches
  • Second breakfast: poached egg, 2 slices of bacon and half of 100 calorie English muffin (The Husband had the other half) and one slice of Sara Lee Delightful wheat toast. And 2 cups cups of coffee with coconut milk creamer and Splenda.
  • Lunch: Warm Lentil Salad with Roasted Root Veggies
  • Snack: Apple
  • Dinner: The Husband made us ham and green beans in the crock pot. (The house smelled so good as it cooked.)
  • Evening snack: sugar-free hot chocolate with a shot of peppermint schnapps
  • Activity: 90 minutes of Vinyasa Flow and 90 minutes of Restorative yoga

AND when I stepped on the scale for my weigh-in I was down almost 2 pounds from my weigh-in last week. So yes, it is working! (Usually my weight loss is 1/2 a pound to a pound.)

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  • Jen

    That is awesome — and everything sounds easy and yummy! I may have to copy your meal plan for the week one of these weeks. 😉

    • Ann

      Right on!
      Last week was a pretty good week for me. Few temptations. I only “ate out” once.
      Today I had a work lunch and went to an Italian place. I still ate really healthy: salmon, broccoli and polenta.

  • Jen

    I also like that you saved points for a shot of vodka at the end of the day. I think that (or a glass of wine) would be worth any sacrifice of other points.

    And, on eating out, my WW leader said she has a friend (who’s also a leader) who says “I gained all my weight by eating out, and I lost all my weight by eating out.” That might be my main approach (and frozen foods) — even though Dave cooked a delicious salmon filet tonight, which I paired with a tomato/celery salad for a little acidity and crunch.