Yes, you read right, I joined Weight Watchers two weeks ago. Truth be told, I never really tried to lose weight before. In the past, I’d go to the gym 3-5 days a week but would not change my eating habits. This is the first time in my life that I’m actually on a plan and dedicated to it. I think the most important part of any weight loss journey is motivation along with dedication. Regardless of how many weight loss transformations I’ve seen, stories I’ve read or ads I’ve viewed, nothing would click until I was ready. Well it finally happened. Here were the tells. After climbing up one flight of stairs, I would be out of breath; my double chin was becoming more obvious, and the number one motivation: certain sex positions were becoming more challenging for me!! At this point, I had to say, oh hell no! Unwanted fat, you must go!
Why Weight Watchers
Funny enough, I didn’t know anyone personally who went on weight watchers until I actually said out loud that I was on it. Before I knew it, everyone from colleagues to aunties to past co-workers shared with me their own success stories. I figured, I had nothing to lose but weight (hopefully). I went to the site and it just so happened that they had a special where I’d get 40% off 3 months of being on it. Not to mention, the meetings ran in one of the party rooms in my building. I took that as a sign so I signed up.
How it Works
So Weight Watchers works on a point system called Smart Points (SP). After inputting your weight and height, it calculates how many points you can have per day. Everything you eat has a point value from 0 and up. You can either use the app or the website. I use the app because it’s so simple and easy and everything is there for you. It makes tracking your foods much easier than your traditional calorie counting. It even has a barcode reader so when I shop for groceries, I can literally just scan the UPC barcode and it’ll tell me how many smart points that item is. When I get home, unpack the groceries, I’ll write the SP value on the box so I’m aware when picking something to snack on or eat in the future. The scanning technique is the easiest way to count calories without really “counting calories.” You can change the serving size to portion size you’re having just by scrolling through the options.
Typically on a diet, we can get so consumed on looking at all the items we can’t eat that it can become a struggle. On WW, I don’t have that problem. For instance, my daily SP is 30points. If I want to order Thai or Chinese with my coworkers for lunch, I can input what I’m ordering and it’ll tell me how many SP it’ll be and it’ll push me to make better decisions. For example, instead of going for 4 fried chicken wings and french fries, I’ll choose won-ton soup and two fried chicken wings. I don’t deprive myself but I make better decisions and portion control. I think that’s how I manage to lose 5 pounds in two weeks!!
What is a typical day for me
I’m allowed 30 smart points per day. Here is a screenshot of what I ate during one weekday
BREAKFAST: I made myself scrambled egg whites (0 SP), half a roll (1SP), coffee (0 SP) with 3tbsp French Vanilla creamer (3SP). Total=4SP
AFTERNOON SNACK: Carrots (0SP) and some strawberries (0SP). Total=0SP
LUNCH: I made myself Turkey Sandwich (turkey meat (0SP), Arnold’s roll (3SP), mayo (2SP), slice of cheese (2SP), lettuce (0SP). Total=7SP
DINNER: I made myself Chicken Pad See Ew (Thai) (9SP), ate Buffalo wing (2SP), and a snickers mimi (2). Total=13SP
NIGHT-TIME SNACKS: Weight watchers Cinna-licious cookies (2SP) and mango (0 SP). Total=2SP
All fruits and vegetables are zero points so you can definitely fill up on those but this is a typical day for me. I was craving Thai food so instead of ordering Pad See Ew, I made it. It allowed me to have more control on the ingredients I used. Also, you get additional points I like to refer to as Oops Points. You can use these points on days where you will be consuming over your allotted SP. For instance, I had two birthday dinners to attend that week so I knew alcohol (which is very high in points) and high caloric foods will be consumed. So, I was able to utilize my Oops points on those days.
This past weekend, I was craving pizza so I went to Trader Joes and purchased Cauliflower crust and made myself a pepperoni and cheese pizza for the first time. I recorded the steps I took which I’ll post on my Youtube channel so make sure you’re subscribed. I personally hate vegetables but wanted a way to eat my favorite comfort food in a healthier way. It came out pretty good, btw 🙌🏾
Now that I’ve got a hang on the food, I plan on adding workouts to my journey. I’ve signed up with Body Boss Method to help with the shedding of these pounds. More on that on another post where I’ll share my before’s and afters. 💪🏾 So if you’re looking to lose weight, but not give up the foods you love so much, like in Oprah’s words, Bread, I highly recommend Weight Watchers. My goal is to lose 40 pounds and I’ve already lost 5 of those. So come join me on my journey, while you knock out your own!
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