Thursday, May 10, 2012

Weight Watchers - It Works, It Really Works!

If you follow me on Pinterest, you may have noticed I've been pinning healthy recipes like crazy. Any food-lover who doesn't want to buy a new wardrobe each year, eventually has to reign in the excess and take of the lbs.

Taking inspiration from my rapidly shrinking boss, I've been kicking it Weight Watchers style for 4 weeks now. I'd been thinking about trying a new weight loss tactic for ages, and I'm so glad I finally gave WW a try.

If you don't know much about it, basically you sign up and you get a daily allowance of points based on your age, weight, gender and goals. I'm fortunately only trying to lose 9 pounds, so I was given the bare minimum of points - just 26 per day. You also get 49 points to use whenever you want for the rest of the week.

Due to our love of dining out, I've been saving up my bonus points for weekend outings and just doing the best I can to guesstimate how many points I've eaten (just how many points does a beignet stuffed with shrimp have?!). A typical weekday starts with 4-6 oz of fat free Greek yogurt and fruit, lunch is a salad with grilled chicken, snacks are fruits (zero points!) and dinner is something sensible but not too different from what I'd normally eat. That's what I like about WW, I feel like I can keep it up because I can still eat regular meals versus feeling like I'm always "dieting."

So I'm a month in, and how am I doing? Well, I'm very pleased to say that it hasn't been as bad as I thought. As long as I'm thoughtful about breakfast and lunch, I often have enough points left over for a glass of wine at night, and as I mentioned above, I've still gotten at least a weekly splurge. The proof is in the delicious pudding - I'm down over 7 pounds! Someone actually told me I was looking slimmer the other day, which made it all worth it!

In fact WW tells me that I'm losing weight too fast, which is weird, because I really am trying to eat all my points every day, and I'm fairly confident that some of my splurge days might be more off the rails than I intended. Regardless, I'm very excited to see numbers on the scale that I haven't seen in years. Now if I can just keep it up long enough to make it stick!

Want to check out some of the tasty but healthy meals I've been eating? Check out my Skinny Eats board!
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