Points of Life

No, I'm not talking about anything philosophical. I'm talking about Weight Watchers and their Points Plus Program that my life seems to be revolving around. I'm obsessed with points. Here a point, there a point, everywhere a point, point. I'm counting points in my head.

Weight Watchers and those who are faithful to the program keep telling me I'll get the hang of it and it won't be that hard to stick to the points system without feeling like you're missing out on the tasty food. I'd really like to call B.S. It's not easy and I keep thinking there's no way I can do this the rest of my life. Does that mean I've failed already? Lord, I hope not. I've still got 20 more pounds to lose. 

Before it sounds like I'm totally dissing the program, I have to tell you,  I've already lost 10 pounds in less than three weeks. The program works. What makes it really work for me is having to weigh in each week at the meetings. With great certainty, I can tell you that I wouldn't be doing this well if I were just using the Weight Watchers e-Tools/app and not weighing in. I need that accountability. Plus, I'm pretty competitive, so it's important to me that the numbers on that scale go down each week instead of staying the same or heaven, help me, go up! 

As I told you last week, I'm also doing an Ease into 5K program. I'm on my fourth week with it and so far I haven't given up, hurt myself or died. I have noticed the past few days my knees feeling stiff if I go to kneel on them or sit on the floor. I wonder what's up with that?! 

This summer I'm going to be cooking a lot of Weight Watchers recipes or recipes that are healthy. I'm planning on sharing those recipes and their points values with you. 

This week I'm sharing what I've made for breakfast a couple of times. It's an omelet made with Egg Beaters Egg Whites. I used three servings of the egg whites and then added fresh spinach, green onions, fat-free mozzarella cheese, and halved grape tomatoes. I seasoned with a little salt and pepper. It's quite tasty. Would really be good with a few slices of bacon. Oops! See! I just know I won't be able to give up bacon forever. Yes, yes, I know, I can eat it and count the points. But, I'm stingy with my points. What if I use them all by noon and then have to starve the rest of the day?! 

I have started a board on Pinterest called, wait for it..... Weight Watchers! (Original, huh?!) I'll be pinning recipes I try and/or want to try to my board. Feel free to follow it, if you're on Pinterest. I love Pinterest for recipes of all kinds. 

If for some reason you can't afford Weight Watchers or don't care to attend meetings, I've found another app that does everything the Weight Watchers app and Weight Watchers food scanner does. It's called Ultimate Value Diary. I believe it's $1.99. Even if you are on Weight Watchers, it's a great app because it combines the diary along with the scanner. It's an all-in-one! 

So, what happens if you go over your daily points? Well, with the Points Plus system, you also get 49 weekly points that you can use throughout the week. What about if you go over your daily points and you run out of your weekly points? Well, if you exercise through the week you earn activity points. Those can be used for food as well. But, you see, I am on a mission to lose 20 pounds by July 4 so I don't want to touch my weekly points. And, if you don't use your activity points those will just help burn more calories - there's no way I'm going to use my activity points! May I borrow some of yours?! ;) 

Have you tried Weight Watchers? Have any good, healthy recipes that you've figured the point values for? I've learned this is much easier to do with friends and accountability.

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~Mrs. Albright
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