A week in the life of Ann on Weight Watchers

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

Recommitting to Weight Watchers

I am committed to eating healthy as I wrote about recently. But I have to admit I am having a hard time with the accountability.

Weight Watchers helped me lose my 30 pounds years ago. So I have decided to utilize the expertise of them once again. I don’t have time to go to meetings (or I guess I am not willing to make the time). I think the support meetings are important. But for now I really need to track my food and receive a little knowledge once again on making better choices.

When I attended meetings before I attended Weight Watchers at work, which was great. Easy to make meetings and having a lot in common with the other members of the group made me successful.

Today I signed up for Weight Watchers online. The program has changed since I last tracked my food. So I am taking the time to learn the program and how the points differ from what I knew and practiced for many years.

Some of you may think I look fine. That I don’t need to lose weight. But I actually am about 5-6 pounds over my original goal weight. And … Continue reading

Take me out to the ballpark

Last night I went to an Oakland A’s game with Curt and some friends.

I debated on what I should do about dinner at the ballpark.

There really aren’t any healthy options. But I wanted to enjoy myself but still not go crazy in the caloric intake department.

If you plan, you can still enjoy ballpark food without breaking your diet, going over your calorie count or points count or really without going too far outside your healthy lifestyle.

My plan was to have one beer and bring most of my own stuff with me, which included an apple (nothing says Let’s Go Oakland like an apple), bag of pop chips and Sara Lee Delightfuls bread to serve as a bun for my hotdog (which I planned to purchase at the ballpark and toss out the bun it came in).

I thought that was a pretty good plan.

But I decided to nix the plan.

 

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A good night’s sleep

From what I have read and what I I just know 7-9 hours of sleep at night is recommended and ideal.

Because I get up at 5:30 four days a week I try to get in bed between 9:30 and 10. I usually have no problem falling asleep. A lot of time I am crashing on the couch while watching TV. (And even on the weekends it is tough for me to stay up past 10.)

Falling asleep is the easy part for me. Staying asleep is another story. I wake up a lot. It seems to go through cycles. A good night of sleep for me is only waking up a few times and falling right back asleep. A bad night is waking up more than five times and and a few of those times being awake for 30 minutes to an hour.

If I am having a lot of trouble falling back asleep I will usually move to the spare room and try to sack out on the futon.

I do have Ambien. But I take it sparingly. If I have two to three nights of bad sleep … Continue reading

Cheese, glorious cheese

 

Sometime last week I decided to put myself through a cheese intervention.

Yup, the cheese eating has gotten out of control. I love cheese. I love hard cheese, soft cheese, stinky cheese, strong cheese, mild cheese, fake cheese. You get the idea.

At work, one of the snacks offered are Babybel cheese: Gouda, Bonbel, Original and Light. They are way to easy to eat and delicious and easy to grab one or two or three …

Last week when I realized I needed to stop eating so much cheese I would only have one or two Lights a day. (If I do cardio I need some protein on the shuttle bus ride home.) It was under control last week.

I don’t know what happened this week. But the cheese eating definitely increased.

The Laughing Cow also makes cheese wedges. The light wedges are only 35 calories. (The Light Baybel is 50 calories.) The wedges can be eaten alone, spread on a cracker or even melted into a meal. We have the wedges in our on refrigerator at home.

I do pack my lunches almost every day and include healthy … Continue reading

Planning exercise, caloric intake for weight loss

One of my readers, Keri, asked me a question on my Go Fit Girl! Facebook page earlier this month. I do my best to answer her question(s) here.

Dear Go Fit Girl,

Can you help me understand why I can exercise 5 days a week for two months and not have lost any weight? Seriously, not even a pound.

P.S. Any suggestions on healthful lunches I can make at home and bring to work?

My initial response to her question is with a few questions myself: What kind of exercise are you doing? Does it vary? Have you changed what you are eating? Are you eating more now that you are working out?

When I was losing weight about five years ago the first 20 pounds had to do with my adjustment with food and calories. I hadn’t started exercising yet. I learned how to make better food choices along with portion control. And drinking more water helped as well.

The last 10 pounds I lost while introducing exercise (a lot of yoga) and continuing with my eating in moderation and portion control.

Here’s what I think the biggest mistake people … Continue reading

Are you being good?

Are you eating healthy? Are you on Plan (aka Weight Watchers Plan)?

For anyone who has tried to lose weight or tried to maintain a healthy lifestyle that can be a question you hear from your friends especially as you are trying to decide where to eat lunch.

I had a lunch date today. I have one on Thursday. And Curt and I are planning on having dinner on Thursday night.

So today when Melissa and I were trying to decide where to have lunch my only request was no Mexican and something with a healthy option. (I love Mexican food, but there are really no healthy options.)

Before we went to Vegas a couple of weeks ago my goal was to get back to my goal weight before hitting The Strip and that pool. I didn’t quite make it. And I ate and drank whatever I wanted while in Las Vegas. There was a birthday dinner last week and then guests in town.

So yesterday I decided it was time to get back to the healthy eating again. And I can’t use eating out as a reason or excuse to not make healthy choices.

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Surviving long weekend in Vegas

We got home from Las Vegas today. We flew out on Wednesday night. We had a great time and with our friends Jen and Dave, too.

When I go on vacation or out of town or whatever I usually know that the healthy eating goes out the window.

Sometimes I can keep the outrageous caloric intake to a minimum. Other times the options are limited or I just don’t want to.

This long weekend I didn’t want to. I wanted to eat crap and delicious food and drinks lots of beer and some fuu-fuu drinks as well with a little wine in there, too.

Hanging out at Ellis Island Casino makes it easy to eat and drinks lots with their Dollar Madness Menu: $1 beers (larger beers were a whole 2 bucks); $1 hot dogs and 5 wings for a buck.

And hanging out watching basketball for hours is, of course, better with beer and bar food!

The couple of times hanging out at the pool I was either having beer or yummy fuu-fuu high calorie frozen drinks.

Having dinner and endless wine at Battista’s Hole in the Wall is a must visit every time we go to Vegas. … Continue reading

Changing it up

Today at work I hosted (along with some of my Intellectual Property Law Department colleagues) something called a Witnessing Party. Researchers are invited to come together and make sure their laboratory notebooks are are all signed off and witnessed by another researcher. After that process is complete we can send notebooks offsite to a vendor to PDF so they are backed up.

There is a lot involved in planning the “party” and the things my team has to do during and after the party.

Since I had a lot to do with all of this I knew I wouldn’t have time to exercise before the 5:35 shuttle back to the East Bay.

So I decided to change it up and I worked out this morning at the gym at work. I did 45 minutes of endurance on the spin bike.

I could have skipped exercise today. Thursdays lately have seemed to be my off day from any sort of exercise. But at the Witnessing Party we have pizza and cupcakes to entice researchers. I am also enticed by the junk food.

To offset that high calorie food I would be eating I made sure to burn some on the spin … Continue reading

And the latest Go Fit Girl! winner is …

… Alicia. Congrats, Alicia! And thanks for participating in last week’s Comment Contest Tuesday.

Last week I asked my readers: What do you do to take care of yourself and love yourself? (I also told my readers what I do to take care of myself and love myself.

Stephanie mentioned that she likes to take alone time; relaxing and taking time to read; home facial or mani/pedi; and, of course, reading Go Fit Girl! among other things.

Jen mentioned regularly exercising; spending time with the ones she loves, baking and cooking among other things.

Alicia mentioned that work is very stressful for her so she has to take time just for herself away from work; swapping out yogurt for breakfast; keeping fruit at her desk to not be lured by junk food among other things.

I regularly exercise; practice yoga at least three times a week; try to take Restorative yoga a couple of times a month (my studio only offers the class once a week);  try to limit alcohol intake; try to limit caloric intake; blog; watch movies and TV; knitting; (when Joey was still alive, cuddle time … Continue reading