In my last post I shared my decision to relax my natural hair. That post was likely only of interest to a few. But, this one is a more universal (although not new) topic.
It’s weight loss!!!
Honey, this subject is all too familiar to me – especially since middle-age creeped upon me. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: weight loss over 40 is a doosey! So many bodily factors work against weight loss efforts and it makes it difficult for us…uh…seasoned girls to slim down and stay down.
But, I’m determined. After trying what seems like a million diet plans, Weight Watchers has been my best resource for lasting results, so I’m back on that wagon. I do the program online.
Staying on the Weight Watchers wagon is trickier than zipping my favorite black dress without shapewear. It’s the freedom to choose that trips me up sometimes.
See my lunch choices to the right. I had an odd breakfasts and an even weirder lunch, but I stayed within the points. I find this to be something of a fail because I didn’t make wise choices. Figuring out how to make good choices and balance the points is a chore for me. I keep running out! I need a plan.
Eureka! I needed to figure a budget for my daily points so I won’t continually go over them.
Thirty points (30) is my Smart Points™ target each day and I can’t exceed that (by much) on a regular. This is so hard for me, so I sometimes will allow myself a few extra points a day. This is totally allowed! I pull them from the Weekly Points the program allows you for the oopses and oh nos. I get 35 of those babies every Monday.
Here is how I’ll try to budget those points on a regular weekday:
Breakfast – I won’t exceed 5 points for this meal (I may do an egg, egg whites, oat meal pack or a GNC protein shake).
Snack – This will be something worth zero like fruit or veggies with more than 2 points of protein (I may opt for a Weight Watchers shake made with water).
Lunch – I won’t go over 10 points here. This is easy if I do a salad or a lettuce wrap.
Dinner -This meal won’t be over 9 points.
Snack – I’m sticking to fruit or some veggie at zero points and pair it with no more than 4 points of protein. My protein could be turkey pastrami or deli meat.
I’ll plan to stick to this template intensely for the work week. If I get in trouble, I’ll pull some from my goldmine of Weekly Points.
So, what if “life” happens? You know what i mean. What will I do when I have lunch with a friend or attend a party?
That’s when I’ll shuffle a bit. Here is how:
Breakfast – 2 points
Snack – zero point
Lunch – 20
Dinner – 7
Snack – zero or 2 points
With 20 points, I can go with my friend and enjoy a lunch in just about any restaurant and still be on plan.
You’re wondering how I’ll have a 2 point breakfasts, aren’t you? I’d grab a boiled egg or scramble some egg whites. I could even do an apple or orange with a small piece of cheese or hummus.
Dinner could be a Smart One ™ frozen meal worth no more than 7 points. I could even do a tuna pouch wrapped in butter lettuce. Or yummier still, I could do lettuce wrap tacos made with ground turkey breast, cabbage with ground turkey or something else very light.
Saturdays or Sundays will be my splurge days. Now, that doesn’t mean go absolutely crazy and eat everything in sight. No! Doing that will not serve my goal for a healthy lifestyle and could impede weight loss. Instead, I’ll indulge a little here and there and hopefully end the week with unused Smart Points™.
Finally, I’ll start moving a bit more. But, that’s another day. Can’t even think about it right now. Hey, I’m being honest!
So, that’s it. My plan is to budget those points and juggle them when needed. That may be nothing new for others on the the Plan, but for me, I need structure inside structure. Does that make sense?
What’s your weight loss or healthy lifestyle plan?