- 10 years ago
- Wedding: September 2011
I have gotten a few PMs over the past couple months asking what I was eating when I was still losing weight that kept me full but kept me losing weight, so I figured I would just write a post about it instead of PMing a bazillion people.
When the program switched to points plus I really didn’t have much weight to lose before I hit goal, but I was given 29 points a day to work with. This was a normal day for me:
- Coffee (with 1 tbsp chocolate creamer) – 1 point, I have this every day
- Parfait (1/2 cup fat free greek yogurt, strawberries, 1/2 banana, and 1/2 cup kashi go lean crunch) – 4 points, I still eat this almost every day
- Mid morning I would have random fruit. My favorites are grapes and cut up canteloupe – 0 points (yay free fruit)
- For lunch during the week I always have a Lean Cuisine. I know they aren’t good for you, but they taste good, they’re cheap, and they’re super easy. These are usually 7 points (make sure when you buy them if it doesn’t have PointsPlus on it you re-calculate, a lot of lean cuisines are still packaged under the old points system)
- I go through different phases of favorite afternoon snacks, but I like to stick to 3 points in the afternoon. For a while I was doing half a serving of wheat things and a wedge of laughing cow cheese, sometimes I’ll do the 100 calorie bags of popcorn (but those don’t keep me satisfied that long), right now I’m on a Weight Watchers mini bar (2 points – tiny, but delicious) and then a reduced fat cheese stick (1 point). But the key is to find something that works for you and keeps you full. Have it be something that takes time to eat, like the cheese and crackers, not something that can be gobbled down in 10 seconds.
- When I get home from work I cook dinner. I almost always cook Weight Watchers recipes, either from online or one of their cookbooks. I love their cookbook where every recipe only has 5 ingredients, its awesome. For dinner I try to stick to around 10 points, whatever it is that I’m making. And this is really easy to do if you’re using Weight Watchers recipes. I almost always have a protein, a carb, and a veggie. Whether it be steak with potatoes and asparagus, or fish with couscous and broccoli, I really focus on having a “well rounded” dinner. If you want any suggestions for recipes, give me a holler!
- And finally almost every single night I would (and still do) have a weight watchers ice cream bar, 4 points.
And there you have it, 29 points. I worked out regularly (aimed for at least 4 times a week) and wouldn’t always use all my activity points. Activity points I used to eat something extra that was healthy if I was randomly hungry (in my mind I was hungry because I was exercising, so my body need fuel, not junk) and I would use my weekly allowance points to have more freedom on the weekends (weekly allowance = junk, lol).
If you have any questions, feel free to ask! But it really is about finding what works for you. Bring your calculator to the grocery store and find low point snacks that are still high in fiber or protein. Yeah, you may look like a weirdo in the cracker aisle reading the nutrition facts of all the different crackers and then using a calculator but after you find something that really works for you then you won’t have to be the weirdo in the cracker aisle anymore! haha