Weigh- In Wendesday: My First Week or So on Weight Watchers

I started Weight Watchers at the very end of March (the 24th to be exact) and while I knew I had the Weight Watchers app to keep me on track I hoped that by sharing my weight loss journey with all of my readers it would keep me motivated to keep going.  But I'm not sure I really want to write a weekly post about my food, exercise and weight loss (or gain).  So for now,  the first and third Wednesday of every month will be my weigh in Wednesday.



I'll share my weight gain or losses, my meal plans, my point tallies and any tips, tricks, or insights I gain as well as my struggles, failures and frustrations.

I have been drinking at least 64 ounces of water MOST days, exercising for about an hour each day (some days longer!), and cut out all snacking after dinner.  I got  new fitness tracker and spent the first week getting my baseline measurements.
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Week #1:

Sunday the 24th: I went way over my points for the day but in my defense somehow when I joined I messed up on installing my app and WW gave me 50+ points for the day; I didn't realize until after dinner that the weight was off by more than 300 lbs!! Breakfast-- gummy vitamins (1 pt), 1 cup blueberries, 1 cup red seedless grapes, 1 apple-- I diced the apple and tossed the fruit together into a fruit salad of sorts. Morning snack-- Crystal Light iced tea (1 pt), collagen peptides in water. Lunch-- grilled cheese (using pumpernickel bread, 1 slice American cheese, and Brummel and brown spread).  (8 pts).  1 cup raw baby carrots. Afternoon snack-- 32 ounces water, Austin peanut butter crackers (4 points), 2 clementines, Light cheese stick (1pt), 2 dove chocolates (4 points).  Dinner-- More water, 1 cup jasmine rice with Brummel and brown spread (8 pts), Salad with balsamic vinaigrette and fat free croutons (2 pts), teriyaki chicken breast (2pts). Exercise-- 1 hour on the treadmill (at speed 3 with varying inclines), 20-30 min hike in the woods doing a trail sweep to clear away any branches that had fallen since our last sweep.

Monday the 25th: Weighed in and already saw a 1.2 lb loss!  Kept it a Blue Dot Day! (Blue dot days are days where Weight Watchers says you have hit the perfect amount of appoints; they give you a small range and if you land in that range you get a blue dot-- I try to have mostly blue dot days). Breakfast--gummy vitamins (1pt), 32 ounces water, Laughing cow cheese wedge (1 pt), 1 slice rye bread (2 points), 1 cup red seedless grapes, 2 eggs scrambled with 1/4 cup fresh baby spinach. Lunch-- 32 ounces Crystal light iced tea (1 pt), 1 cup fresh blueberries, 1 clementine. Snacks-- 16 ounces water, 1 Tablespoon peanut butter (3pts), 1/2 cup celery sticks, 1 apple, Mongo Mango fruit juice with collagen peptides mixed in (5pts!). Dinner-- Salad, light balsamic dressing (1 pt), 1 cup spaghetti (5 pts), 1 cup green beans, 6 or 7 shrimp. Exercise-- 40 min Pilates & 45 minute hike at Douglas State Forest

I cooked the shrimp and green beans together with some garlic and spices and served it over the pasta; adding just a teaspoon of parmesan cheese to the leftovers the next day. 

Tuesday the 26th: Another Blue Dot Day! My new fitness tracker came in this afternoon and I put it on while cooking dinner. Breakfast-- 32 ounces water, gummy vitamins (1 pt), multigrain bagel (8pts), 1 slice American cheese (4 pts), 1 egg over hard (no butter or oil). Lunch-- Leftover from last night's dinner-- spaghetti, green beans & shrimp (5 points), I added just a sprinkle of parm. cheese (1 pt) and 32 ounces Crystal light iced tea (1 pt). Dinner-- Salad, 2 Tbsp. balsamic dressing (1 pt), 8 ounces water, 3 ounces pork tenderloin (2 points), sautéed summer squash, mushrooms, and zucchini with garlic and Italian seasonings (no butter no oil). Snack-- 1 Nip hard candy (2 pts) Exercise-- Hiked for 40 minutes at Old Furnace state park, 20 min. walk around the neighborhood.  Steps taken from 4-9: 880.

Wednesday the 27th:  Weighed in and saw another loss! Tried logging it into my Weight Watchers app since it's my official weigh in day but none of the weights seem to actually be entering into my program... Another Blue Dot Day! Breakfast: 1 cup non fat plain yogurt, 1 cup sliced strawberries, 1 cup blueberries, 1/2 package of Nature Valley Crunchy Oats and Honey granola bar crumbled on top (3 pts)-- which I saved as a yogurt parfait meal in my app so I don't have to enter it each day, gummy vitamin (1pt), 32 ounces water. Lunch: Same as Tuesday- 7 pts. Snack:  2 Dove chocolates (4 points), fruit salad made using fresh sliced strawberries, pineapple, and watermelon.
Dinner: 3 ounces grilled chicken breast, 2 Tablespoons BBQ sauce (3pts), Salad, 1 cup pasta salad with light balsamic vinegar (7pts). 8 ounces water. Exercise:  30 min. Pilates & 48 min. hike around Purgatory Chasm.  According to my fitness tracker I logged 8,368 steps

I put the pasta salad on my salad so I wouldn't need any additional dressing

Thursday the 28th:  Figured out how to enter my weight into the app and get it to actually enter and stay there; down 2.6 lbs! And another Blue Dot Day! Breakfast:  Gummy vitamins (1pt), Yogurt parfait (3 pts for the granola). Lunch: Same lunch as Monday and Tuesday; using up the last of my leftovers. -- 7pts. Snack: I splurged and had a piece of the strawberry peach pie Alec made with 2 tablespoons light whipped cream (13 points). Dinner: I needed a zero point meal so I had salad with fruit and chicken. Exercise:  We met with friends of our for a walk on the airline trails for an hour; hiking out to the tri-state marker ( counted it as 30 minutes walking and 30 minutes hiking).  7,916 steps.

Friday the 29th:  We were heading out to dinner at an all you can eat family style restaurant and I tried to save ALL my points for the day for that meal.  Weighed in and saw another .6 lbs down. Breakfast:  I made a fruit salad with lots of fresh fruit.  Lunch: 1 can tuna over a large salad with low fat balsamic vinaigrette dressing (1 pt) with 32 ounces Crystal Light iced tea (1 pt).  Snack: (morning snack) 2 hard boiled eggs, 2 stalks celery sticks, 1 medium tomato.  (Afternoon) carrots, cucumber, chicken breast tenderloins and I caved and ate 2 Dove chocolate squares (4 pts).  Dinner:  I ate all white meat chicken without skin, 1 dinner roll (5pts), and lots of French fries (21 pts).  Exercise:  just 30 minutes on the stability ball with my workout DVD.  5,168 steps.



Saturday the 30th:  I weighed in and found I managed to loose another .2lbs.  and got back on track with another Blue Dot Day!  Breakfast: gummy vitamins (1 pt), 2 sliced light oatmeal bread (2 pts), Brummel and Brown yogurt spread (2 pts; though I don't think I used a full Tablespoon I'd rather round up), 2 eggs, and a clementine.  Lunch: Nature Valley Crunchy oats and honey granola bars (7 pt for one package), fresh blueberries, plain fat free yogurt, collagen peptides in Crystal light iced tea (1 pt).  Snack: Fat Free cottage cheese (2pts), melba toast crackers (3pts for 5), baby carrots, 1 tomato, 2 Dove chocolates (4pts).  Dinner: herb roasted salmon, summer squash and mushrooms, salad with low fat balsamic vinaigrette (1 pt),  1 cup diced red potatoes sprinkled with good season's Italian dressing mix and cooked in the air fryer without oil (4 pts).  Exercise: 20 minute walk around the neighborhood. 1 hour on the treadmill with an incline programmed in. 7,401 steps.



Sunday the 31st: I just could not control my sweet tooth and while I did not get a blue dot day I did not go over my points for the week either!   Breakfast:  gummy vitamins (1pt), grapes and watermelon with water.  Lunch: Crystal Light iced tea (1pt for 32 ounces), leftover salmon, potatoes, and squash (4 pts). Snack:  Alec's strawberry peach pie (which I counted as one slice commercially prepared pie at 12 pts), some whipped topping (1 pt), and 1 freshly baked Tollhouse cookie that my mother in law sent home with my son (4 points!).  Dinner: Filet mignon (3 pts), green beans, salad, and dressing (1pt).  Exercise:  60 minute walking video Leslie Sansone. 1,009 steps.

Oh so worth the points!  

Monday April 1st:  Another Blue Dot Day!  Breakfast: red seedless grapes, pineapple, watermelon, strawberries, water, and my gummy vitamin (1 pt). Lunch: Leftover potatoes, salmon, and squash (4 pts). Snack: 2 hard boiled eggs, carrot sticks, and tomato.  2 of my mother in law's cookies (9 points)
Dinner: leftover dark and light meat turkey cooked in chicken broth with seasonings, served with 1 cup pasta (9 points), roasted asparagus (roasted with fresh squeezed lemon juice and seasonings- 0 points!), salad and dressing (1 pt.) Exercise:  20 minute workout using 30 Day Shred DVD and a 1 hour 15 minute hike with our hiking group.  11,794 steps!

Tuesday April 2nd: I woke up so sore I made a conscious decision not to exercise at all after 9 straight days I needed a break.  Another Blue Dot Day!  Breakfast: water, gummy vitamin (1 pt), multigrain bagel from Market Basket (8 pts), 1 Tbsp peanut butter (3 pts).  Lunch: Leftover turkey, pasta, and asparagus (9 pts) with water  Snack: 1/3 cup Simply Nature tropical granola (4 pts), non fat plain yogurt and sliced strawberries.  Dinner:  Crustless quiche with lots of veggies (1 pt for 2 slices!), water, salad, and dressing (1 pt).  Exercise:  Ended up walking with Evan for 20 or so minutes to get the mail and ran a lot of errands... as of dinner time I had logged 6,446 steps.  Not bad for a "no exercise" day.  

My week resets on Wednesday and I had 7 weekly points left.  

I'd still like to cut back a bit on my sugar consumption as I get such massive cravings for sugar each afternoon but over all I am so proud of my progress!  I'd also like to get in the habit of only weighing myself one day a week like they suggest but I've always weighed myself every day and that's going to be a hard habit to break too.

Out of the 10 days I've been on WW I've had 7 Blue Dot Days, I've lost 3.4 lbs, and I feel great! 

Comments

  1. Great job! It seems like you do a lot of exercising which is great. I want to stop weighing myself daily too, but sometimes I can't help myself!

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    1. As long as the weather is good I am all set; as soon as the weather makes it hard to get outside I loose motivation to workout quite quickly.

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  2. Way to go!! I'm hoping to get back to my Monday Momentum posts soon.

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    1. I loved reading those; it prompted me to look into many different lifestyle/eating choices. Ultimately I decided that Weight Watchers was the least drastic way to go for me.

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  3. You're doing a lot more than I've been able to. I got a kickstart by losing weight from the flu in early March then got diagnosed with T2 diabetes and ever since have been keeping a food and glucose level diary. I've been lost as far as what to eat so it's really nice to read your post. About an hour ago though I got a book called, "What Do I Eat Now?" which is what I've been wondering. You are doing a fantastic job and I look forward to reading more.

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    1. My grandmother was diagnosed with Type II diabetes when I was in high school and I remember her floundering around for a bit adjusting what she could and could not eat (though somehow after a few months she managed to find a way to squeeze in just one small scoop of ice cream each night). I'm sure it's both frustrating and little scary to get that diagnosis but I truly hope you find what works for you.

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  4. Yay you! That is awesome! Congrats on finding what works for you!!! Annster's Domain

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  5. Awesome! I started Weight Watchers on January 2nd, and it was a total game changer for me. You are super active which is awesome, that's easily the hardest part for me. I'm getting to it now, but I have not worked out nearly enough in the last few months. I'm excited to see your progress with this series!

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    1. I'm not usually all that active; but the nicer spring weather combined with my goal and the app help me feel more active than I would normally want to be. Plus I know I'm helping my boys out by dragging them out for exercise most days too.

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  6. Oh, your diet meals look so good. Of course, the pie is my favorite. I guess that's another reason I'm overweight. I think it's great your able to get in so much exercise! Best of luck to you :)

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    1. LOL; the pie was my favorite too! He's decided to make homemade cinnamon buns this week and I'm already trying to calculate how many points that will be since I just know I have to try one!

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  7. Way to go! You are doing a terrific job! Keep going, girlfriend!

    Happy Thursday!

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    1. Thank you! That's the plan and I sure hope I can stick to it. So far it's easy since I'm seeing such huge changes but I know it will start to get tough as the weight loss dips.

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  8. You are exercising so much! Sadly, I haven’t found a good routine yet. Check out my post today, too! Great minds think alike! You have to make the bagels that I posted! And, the mug cake and dum dum suckers might help, too. You seem like me and want a sweet bite after meals. I do think it’s harder to be home, too. It’s easier when I pack my lunch and snacks and the home food isn’t tempting me. Keep up the good work!
    Amy
    www.coffeeandcocktailsatthecasa.com

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    1. I have those on my recipes to make list this week! I am trying to pack our fridge, freezer, and pantry with foods that are low in points since even though my boys obviously aren't on WW or diets they're making healthier choice options too. I plan to eat a small meal/snack every 3 hours so I don't get nearly as tempted (though those cookies on my counter last week derailed me a time or two!).

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  9. Look at all those blue dot days!! Way to go! Thanks for linking up to Thinking Out Loud Thursday too!

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  10. You inspire me! And exercising an HOUR every day! Wow!

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    1. Aw, thanks! I'm not sure I'll keep up that hour a day but for right now it feels so good to be moving especially when we can get outside for a hike.

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  11. Look at you go! I now want melba toast! I remember back in the 80's when my mom did WW she always had melba toast and she would drink perrier with a splash of oj.

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    1. I love the crunch of melba toast; I know most people don't really like it (or rice cakes for that matter) but I truly do like them.

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  12. I've looked into weight watchers before and never could make sense of it, so I never did it. I just wish they would go by calories instead of points. Secondly, wow! That's a lot of food to me. Lucky you to get to eat that much food and still lose weight. I would gain weight on this diet. But I'm a lot older than you, and the older you get, the slower the metabolism gets.

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    1. The point system can be a bit much at first but so many foods are zero points now that it's pretty easy to figure out what you should and shouldn't really eat. They obviously adjust points for height, weight, age, gender, etc. I do love that the handy app comes with a bar code scanner so all prepared foods are easy to track and check their point value. I honestly passed it by many times but just knew I needed to do something other than what I was doing. I used to use a free app called Loose it! that worked off a calorie system. If you're looking for something that might be an option for you.

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  13. WTG! All of your meals look so yummy! Thank you for sharing!

    Thanks for linking up @LiveLifeWell!

    Blessings,

    Amy

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    1. Thanks! So far I'm really enjoying this whole process.

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  14. Your tracking is incredible. Just tracking I think can help with food choices because you're being intentional about what you're eating. Great job! Changing your diet can be so hard! It's something I almost constantly struggle with, but you're doing great! Thanks for sharing with us!

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    1. Thanks. I do find tracking is key and have been tracking foods using a different app for the past year but just found that my weight wasn't budging at all. I find there are so many zero point foods in WW that I don't feel like I'm starving an it's definitely helping me to make better choices than just looking at the calorie count.

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