Wednesday, December 6, 2017

WW Freestyle

On Sunday, Weight Watchers introduced its latest plan called Freestyle. It rolled out in stages, each member getting the update in the app and all the new plan materials on their meeting day. Yesterday was that day for me.

I had an initial panic when I heard that I'd be dropping to 23 Smartpoints daily, but learning that many foods that had always had points were now going to be Zero eased my anxiety. The program rolled out in the UK about a month prior to the US and all the materials were available for reading online, so that helped. 

What are some of the new Zero Smartpoint foods? Eggs!!! Skinless chicken and turkey breast, all fish and shellfish, all beans, lentils, tofu, peas, corn, and nonfat plain yogurt. All fruits and vegetables remain zero, except avocados, olives, and all potatoes. I eat eggs almost every day, I also eat chicken many days of the week, and I do love my yogurt. Many of my favorite meals have just dropped significantly in points and on my first day, getting to have a big, honking chicken breast, and not  having to weigh my measly half cup of yogurt, I had greater satiety and was far less snacky, which for me is a huge deal. 

Some people are concerned with overeating, but WW specifically chose foods that are difficult to overeat. I'm still going to track and be sensible with my portions, but if you've ever seen 3 ounces of chicken breast sitting on a plate, it's pretty frikkin' sad. 

I'm making Nigella's Asian Spiced Kedgeree this weekend, which has both eggs and fish! I'm cutting back the butter and rice portions, and changing the servings to four, but keeping the fish and egg amounts the same. This gorgeous, filling dish is going to be 7 Smartpoints per serving! 

It seems like the new plan has greater flexibility and will encourage people to eat more nutritious food. You all know that I'm not a bean fan, but lentil soup will definitely be on the menu.

I'm going to give it my all and see how it goes.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Staying in Your Own Lane

Did you survive the Thanksgiving Day feast? 

 I lightened up all my dishes, used portion control, and stayed within my points. I didn't feel deprived and had a wonderful weekend with Rob and Tally. We went hiking on three of the days, and I made it to the top of Amicalola Falls, which was NOT easy, but it was fun and I felt a great sense of accomplishment when I reached the top, hence the Superhero stance. 

What I was not pleased about was weigh-in on Tuesday. Now, I'm always thrilled to go to my meeting on Tuesdays, it's the highlight of my week, and I'm never fearful to get on the scale because it's just a bit of data, after all. It does not define my worth, nor does it take away my reaching the top of the Falls! But I gained 1.6 pounds, and hearing that many of my meeting mates had gone hog wild over the weekend and still ending up having losses on the scale got to me, and I was less than happy!  But I gave myself an attitude adjustment, I told myself to be happy for them and be happy for my non-scale victories. I enjoyed the biggest food holiday without overeating, without feeling guilty, and did some very good things for my body. 

I'm going to stay in my own lane and keep working the program, keep walking with Tally, and keep on setting goals for myself and smashing them!