Hey everyone! It’s time to reveal the results of my weekly weigh in, and I’m going to be honest. This was another pretty challenging week.
Last week, we had a major eating day with a birthday in our family, burger and fried fish bar with fresh cut fries and cheesecake for dessert. You can read more about last week here. This week was pretty much a repeat with my daughter choosing the Chinese buffet for her birthday this past week.
I have to say that when I last did the Weight Watchers online program about five years ago, I found that the first two weeks of changing my eating habits were the most difficult. Picking up a few chips from the bag on the counter that the kids were eating and not taking a piece of that pepper jack cheese when I was making sandwiches seemed to be the most difficult thing. I didn’t realize how easy it is to just grab things and eat them without a second thought! This time around is no different.
This week I found myself a lot more conscious of the things that I’m inclined to randomly picked up to eat. All in all, I can see my patterns changing as I become aware of the food that’s around me and the desire to eat just because it’s there rather than because I’m actually hungry.
All things said, I lost two pounds this week, making a total of three pounds over this two weeks of using the Weight Watchers program.
Here’s a look back at some things I did over the week and through the weekend.
What I Did Differently
First, I added a cup of Matcha to my breakfast. I started out with a Matcha latte, but quickly learned that this can quickly rack up the points too. One cup of Matcha latte can be as many as 5 points. It’s mostly because of the milk and the sugar. By the weekend, I found my way to a cup of Matcha made with hot water (not boiling) and no sugar, and I drank it like I would a regular cup of green tea. I found this to be quite good, much better than I expected.
Green tea powder has a high number of health benefits, one of them being that it’s good for your metabolism (also shown be excellent paired with cinnamon). After some research, I also saw that green tea (Matcha) powder can also contain high traces of lead, if it’s from China or depending upon the brand (and the fact that it’s organic doesn’t matter much when it comes to lead content). I did some research and chose the brand below. Get it here.
The next thing I did was add a piece of fruit to have with the tea at breakfast. The tea with no sugar is zero points, and so is a piece of fruit. So I’m eating, feeling satisfied but not using any points for breakfast. This works for me because I’m not much of a breakfast eater lately.
Thirdly, I snacked on other items throughout the day that were zero points. I did this to keep myself from binging, but also so that I could actually enjoy the meals that I knew would be a little more calorie challenging. So, I munched on a couple of dill pickle spears, pickled asparagus, salad veggies (I did add a quarter of the serving of dressing, which was about a point) and more fruit.
I started counting my steps, but did not do any working out.
Worth It Splurges
I also figured out that, if I actually wanted a latte, I could switch the milk to almond and cut the calories of my Matcha latte virtually in half.
Then, I was super excited to learn that grilled nuggets from Chick Fil A are two point score for the 8 count and a three point for the 12 count. I took advantage of that for lunch on Friday, and kept my points in the bank for our family night events.
Since I didn’t mention this before, I’ll also add that the extra 30 weekly points that I get were used up completely both last week and this week. This was mostly due to the special occasions. I’m hoping to not have to use those over the next couple of weeks with hopes that there’s more of a change in my overall weight loss.
What I Learned
This week was a little more difficult than last week, but if I snack on zero point items throughout the day, I can save up my points for those times when I want to let loose a bit. Overall, healthier options will be lower in points and are best when I want to eat something during breakfast and lunch. Fruit over the leftover slice of cake (pretty obvious Also, if I boost up my exercise this week, I’m hoping to see a bigger change.