Yes! :D A week ago, I joined Weight Watchers! I waited to blog about it so as to give a better beginning review. I’ve never been on any type of official weight loss program before, so this was a first for me.
I don’t consider myself fat in the least bit. However, for my age (23) and height (5’6) I am overweight (joined weighing 174.4lbs). After doing some research, I decided to try out WW for the following reasons:
- I know people who’ve achieved great results: a family member lost 40lbs!
- I have practically zero knowledge about portion control and truly eating healthfully.
- I want to get more into cooking and using real & fresh ingredients.
- I want to look fab for BlizzCon and, eventually, my wedding!
So, last Tuesday was my first meeting. No one made me stand up and introduce myself or speak up unless I wanted to. I was given lots of tips on setting goals and pacing myself. It was refreshing from the “omg-burn-burn-BURN!!” kind of vibes that most programs seem to give off. :P Overall, the meeting was surprisingly very respectful, encouraging and enjoyable!
Of the two plans you can choose from, I decided on the Flex Plan. I am allotted 24 “food points” (there is a quiz to figure out the number) per day and I can eat whatever I want as long as the value of each food/drink adds up to 24. Every food has a point value based on calories, fat grams and fiber grams. I was given this little cardboard slider to figure out the point value of any food. If I’m not sure, or if it’s a fresh food without a label (like an apple), I can look it up in the food companion booklet (bought at the meeting) or on the website! :D
Along with my 24 daily points, I’m also given 35 weekly extra points in case I want to splurge on something that goes beyond my daily value. Perfect for me, because I hate diets/plans/programs that deprive you of the foods you love.
Overall, I’ve had too much fun this past week with the system. XD I’ve gone from eating whatever is in the fridge and not knowing what to make to actually planning my meals and enjoying the preparing/cooking that goes with it! :D Also I’ve lost 1.4lbs so far, now weighing 173lbs, which is a victory for me! The typical loss with WW is 1-2lbs per week if you follow the plan and I don’t intend to quit anytime soon, if ever. :)
With WW’s really awesome eTools, I’ve actually written out a few recipes for meals while tracking my daily points! They are primitive so far, nothing too fancy…but even if you’re not on Weight Watchers I’m sure you’ll appreciate how yummy this one is:
Soup, Sandwich & Salad
- 2 slices Weight Watchers Singles (cheese, 2pts)
- 2 slices high fiber bread (1pt)
- no calorie butter spray
- 1 serving canned soup, 98% fat free (1pt)
- 3 leaves Romaine lettuce, chopped
- 1/4 cup diced/chopped tomatoes
- 2 tbsp Kraft Light Zesty Italian dressing (1pt)
Spray a non-stick pan with cooking spray and heat to medium. Once heated, spray one slice of bread with butter on one side and place into pan. Lay cheese slices on top. Coat 2nd bread slice with butter and lay on top of 1st slice, butter-side up. After cheese melts, flip sandwich over until both sides are brown. Toss lettuce with tomatoes and dressing, heat soup, and enjoy! :D
Together the meal is a 5 point value and so delicious. :D I added a serving of Kashi whole grain crackers (2pts) to compliment the soup. It’s not gourmet or anything, but it’s great for me! More recipes to come, I have to figure out whether I’d like to make a new section for recipes or a whole new blog. Opinions?