So I completely intended to do a “What I ate Wednesday” post yesterday, but forgot to continue to take pictures of my food halfway through the day. This is the second week in a row that this has happened. How do people do this on a regular basis?? I am exceptionally bad at it.
I already had written half the post in my head though, and I really wanted to talk about the new Weight Watchers plan so I decided to buck convention and write about my food on a THURSDAY. I’m a wild one.
This was my first full week on the Weight Watchers Smart Points plan, and it has certainly been an adjustment. The new points calculation really lead you to focus on protein and fiber, as they generally decrease point values. Point values are increased by saturated fat and sugar (all the delicious stuff). Like I’ve mentioned before, I’m not necessarily looking to lose a ton of weight but I’ve been feeling in a slump lately and trying out new plans and programs is really motivating to me.
My breakfast usually rotates between egg wraps or sandwiches, yogurt bowls and smoothies. Under the new plan, fruits and vegetables are free unless they are blended. I made a quick smoothie last Friday, once I got to work and logged my points, I realized that sucker was 12 points! I get 30 per day, so I still need to play around with the calculator to figure out how to lower that value whole still maintaining the deliciousness.
This yogurt bowl cost me 6 points and was made with 0% Greek yogurt, pomegranate seeds, 1 tsp honey (down from my normal 1/2 tbsp to save a point), and 1/2 cup of Kashi Go Lean cereal. I also had a 2 point coffee, with 1 tsp sugar and 1 tbsp half and half.
I worked worked worked for a while, then had a cup of mint green tea.
Yes, this is what tea looks like.
I started to eat my clementine snack (o points) with my tea, but had an orange juice/toothpaste effect with the mint tea so I held off on the clementines until after I finished. Learn from me, don’t do this.
I had to change my normal lunch salad up a bit to be more points friendly. As it was, it ran me about 12 points which is more than I wanted to spend on lunch. At first I halved the amount of craisins and blue cheese, but that really reduced the delicious factor. 1/2 oz of blue cheese is not doing anything for anybody. So today, I got rid of the craisins, which were high in sugar and ran me about 3 points, and replaced it with some sliced apple which is 0 points. Because of that, I was able to keep the full 1 oz of blue cheese for the same amount of points. Balance is restored in the world. This salad + dressing was 10 points.
My afternoon snack of carrots and hummus didn’t really need any adjusting, it has a value of 2 points. I had it with some pomegranate green tea.
I also broke into my Hershey’s Kiss stash at some point this afternoon. I had two of them for 2 points. No photo because I’m the worst at this.
I worked a little later than usual today, so I was bordering on hangry when I got home. I decided to eat first and workout at some other point in the evening. I prefer to workout right when I get home and get it done, but food won out today.
Dinner was Chicken Tortilla Soup that I made in the crockpot. Except I didn’t add tortilla chips, so can I really even call it that? I added some cilantro and 2% cheese on top, for a total of 8 points.
About an hour after dinner, I drug myself off of the couch to get my workout on. I’ve certainly fallen off of the Lauren Gleisberg plan that I was doing with all of my sickness (you know, that one cold I had that I’ve been harping on for weeks) and traveling. My plan for workouts these days is “Just do anything, for the love of god!” I ended up doing a Jillian Michaels video, Hard Body. I amped it up to Level 2 of the video today. The workout is a strength and circuit workout with a fair amount of plyometrics thrown in. It certainly got my heart rate up and earned me 5 whole fit points.
On the subject of fit points, WW suggests NOT trading in your fit points for food, and this might be my biggest gripe with the new plan. I really believe that if you are exercising consistently, you can (and maybe should) be able to eat a little more. I decided to change my settings to use my fit points after my weekly points. I really wanted to set it to use fit points daily, but I thought I would do this as a compromise and see how I feel after a few weeks. If I’m constantly hungry, I will certainly be changing it to use my fit points every day as I earn them.
I am currently enjoying some fancy-ass sparkling water as I write this post. I love La Croix, this flavor is Cran-Raspberry and is really good. Served in a glass with crushed ice, it’s the only way. I also really like the sparkling water from Trader Joe’s and it’s cheaper! Not as many flavors though.
So! That was my whole day, it ran me exactly 30 points which is my daily allotment. I used up all my weeklies DAYS ago on Christmas food and alcohol this past weekend, so I’ve been trying hard to stick to the 30. I’m learning and making adjustments, but so far I’m really enjoying the WW plan!
When do you workout during the day? WW peeps, what are you doing with fit points?