Small Success but Big Smile

Today is weigh-in day for me and today also marks one week on Weight Watchers using their new “Points Plus” program. Many of you who have done Weight Watchers in the past, and let’s face it there are a lot of us who have tried it at least once, will know the program for their “Points.” Points Plus is similar in that you are still tracking value for the food that you put in your mouth and the activity for the time that you are moving your body. However, Points Plus has now redefined the way you count your food values because not all calories are created equal. Calorie counting was a piece of the puzzle when calculating your “Points” but as Weight Watchers describes it, a 100 calorie apple and a 100 calorie bag of cookies or chips should not be considered as the same value. So, now they aren’t!

This has been only a minor adjustment thus far but an adjustment when looking at the older packaging of foods in the grocery store. On Sunday I went crazy at Kroger and bought up just about everything I could remember eating when I first started Weight Watchers back in 2004. As I go to heat my Progresso Light Soup that is labeled, “1 Point” from Weight Watchers, I need to remember to double check my work. Glad I did because this 1 Point per serving soup is actually 2 Points Plus per serving and I have now doubled my intake for the program. Not a big deal because we are talking 4 points versus 2 points but some of you know that when tracking sometimes the littlest snack or extra portion can make a difference.

For those who are starting a new weight loss journey for 2011, I suggest to give Weight Watchers another try. The tools available to you are extremely helpful and especially if you are always on the go. I have used my iPhone Weight Watchers application just about every day this week and I think it will be a difference maker for me in my weight loss. As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m able to update my Plan Manager on the fly or make choices at a restaurant that won’t be a deal breaker on the scale.

So how did I do this week? I’m happy to say that I do have small successes this week and one is that I lost one pound. It is only one pound but that one pound was lost during a whacky week with family gatherings, eating out a few times (a-hem Chipotle), and surviving a New Year’s Eve hangover. * Also, I was able to schedule in a few workouts and start my 6am boot camp. Starting these work outs and boot camp and actually going at 6am is a small success but it all puts a huge smile on my face that I was able to say I was going to do it and followed through. I didn’t cop-out at 5:30am and fall back asleep, I actually got up on time (no snooze) and was out of the house earlier than I expected.

If any of my blog followers are also doing Weight Watchers and you have some recipes to share, a success that you want others to know about, even a question or concern – go ahead and post it or email me and we can discuss. Isn’t food and overeating fun? HaHa! I know that deep down in me and everyone else who is on a weight loss journey that there is a way to overcome the temptations but getting to that point is the hardest part!