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Year to Date Review (as of 2018-04-03)

Year to Date Review (as of 2018-04-03)

Weight Watchers rolled out the Freestyle plan late last year.   So far, I’ve been happy with it. I think it’s their best plan yet.  The emphasis is on less sugar, with more protein and vegetables.   I know that some people are very unhappy with the new plan.  Some are trying to subsist on the 0 point food list.  Pfft.  After a while, who wouldn’t get tired of chicken breast?   I try to have a variety of proteins, so I can stay satisfied.

The new plan is working quite nicely on the scale.  For Q1 of 2018, I’ve lost 10.1 lbs.   That’s compared to a loss of 6.7 lbs for all of last year, when I was sorta kinda working the program.

 

Frozen meal

Frozen meal

Sometimes you just want to be able to throw food in the microwave and not have had to do any work to prepare it. This frozen meal checked all the boxes for pronounceable ingredients, although I really would have preferred no soy. Here is a picture from the box and the picture from the inside of my bowl.

Weekly review (as of 2018-03-13)

Weekly review (as of 2018-03-13)

Was surprised to get on the scale at Monday night’s weigh-in and see a gain of 1.2.   I ate within my points target all week, and had a couple of weekly points left over at the end of day on Sunday.  I had expected to be even.   Suspected cause is not drinking enough water during the week and the intake of 64 points worth of chocolate chip cookies in 2 days.  Just because I *could* do it and stay within points, doesn’t mean that I should have.

What’s this weird feeling?

What’s this weird feeling?

Went to Weight Watchers Monday night after having missed last week’s meeting due to [medical stuff].   Was quite happy to see that for the two weeks, I was down a whopping 5.2 lbs!!   This means that I reached a weight I haven’t seen in 10 years.   It felt amazing!

My leader then asked what was working for me now.  I’ve been journalling, eating a good bit of protein and not snacking very much.    I’ve also been living in a nice Weight Watchers bubble (so to speak) as I have been cooking and eating almost all of my meals at home.  Only 1 meal each week has been from a restaurant.  It’s nice to finally see the scale move downward in a large jump.    Now to see if I can rinse and repeat for this week..

No weight loss graph – I need to figure out a new goal!

Microwave apple hits the spot

Microwave apple hits the spot

One apple diced plus one tbsp real maple syrup plus heavy hand with cinnamon all mixed together and microwaved for 5 minutes. One tbsp chopped pecans added at the end and stirred through. The 5 minutes may have been a bit much for the microwave time, but it answered the call for the sweet tooth. Was 5 weight watcher smartpoints (3 for the syrup, 2 for the nuts).

End of February update

End of February update

Had a 2.2 weight loss at the Monday weighin, which earned me my 25lb weight loss charm. The only problem? I had been sick over the weekend, so it was mostly a water weight loss.

Then this week I had a surgical procedure done. The home scale has been very bouncy as a result. Will probably need another full week for things to settle down so I can get an accurate weight picture.

Not a lot of recipe experimenting this week. Tried Trader Joe’s red pepper and eggplant spread. Pretty tasty and low pointed too. Tasted quite nice when combined with a can of tuna (instead of mayo).

A tale of 2 muffins – Muffin #1 (Coconut Flour and Oats)

A tale of 2 muffins – Muffin #1 (Coconut Flour and Oats)

My first attempt at baking with coconut flour and it came out pretty good for a first time attempt!  This is based on a standard recipe that I converted to use coconut flour.  1 cup self rising flour >> 1/4 cup coconut flour + 1 egg + 1/4 cup alternative milk.  For this batch, I used Ripple (pea protein) milk.  These muffins came out very dense and not sweet at all.  I had hoped that the blueberries would add sweetness, but they didn’t.  Next time, I’ll add some sweetener.  Weight Watcher Smart Points of 16 for the 6 muffins.

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Week in Review 2018-01-30 to 2018-02-05

Week in Review 2018-01-30 to 2018-02-05

Wow! What a surprise when I got to the scale this week.   Down 3.8 lbs!!  I did a really good job this week in terms of the “blue dot” challenge.  6 of 7 days were in the “healthy eating zone”.  Day #7 was the Super Bowl.   Didn’t really go too crazy – just used some of my weekly points to handle chicken from Dominos.   I’m not convinced that the WW app value of 6 points for 4 plain wings is correct.    But that’s ok – will just be a while before I have those again.

 

Here’s my current weight loss chart  (Jan 17 – present):

As you can see, it’s quite the roller coaster ride, but I am persevering!