Weight Watchers

PointsPlus 2012 Breakdown

I’ve gotten a LOT of questions about the new Weight Watchers program that rolled out this week, so I figured I’d do a post addressing the changes and see if you guys have any additional questions!

PointsPlus 2012 is very similar to PointsPlus, it just has a few minor tweaks from the original PointsPlus to make it a little bit more flexible. Since PointsPlus was the biggest change to the Weight Watchers program since it started, they wanted to test it out for a full year, get member feedback, and then go from there.

The basic premise is still the same – every food has a PointsPlus value that is calculated from looking at the macronutrients (fiber, fat, carbs, protein) and how hard your body has to work to break down the food. The values nudge you towards foods higher in fiber and protein, and lower in fat and carbs, but nothing is off limits.

Each day, you have a PointsPlus target that you have to eat at minimum, and then you get additional weekly PointsPlus that you can use or not use. You also have the opportunity to earn additional PointsPlus through activity, and as long as you stay within your daily, weekly, and activity pointsplus, you should lose weight at the recommended rate of half a pound to two pounds per week, over time.

So, what changed with PointsPlus 2012?

1.) New Daily Minimum

With the original PointsPlus, the minimum Daily PointsPlus Target (DPPT) was 29 PP, but with PP 2012, it has been lowered to 26. After a year, Weight Watchers was able to determine that people could still get in all the required nutrients per day with 26 PP. I am sure that largely has to do with the 0 PP fruits and veggies!

2.) Flexible Daily and Weekly PointsPlus Target

You know your body better than anyone. Everyone’s DPPT was recalculated this week, and some people who were at 29 PP were switched down to 26, 27, or 28. This number is FLEXIBLE, so if you were losing weight at 29 and were adjusted lower, feel free to switch it back up! This has more to do with people who were eating 29 PP and weren’t losing.  Also, the weekly target is now flexible. For some people, the 49 Weekly PP was too much. You can adjust this down from 49 if you feel like that’s too much for you, or else keep it the same.

3.) PowerStart

The Getting Started Session has been replaced with a 3-week PowerStart Session. Members felt like too much information was given at the GSS, so it has been broken down into three rotating sessions that have activities and are geared at program basics, bonding with the leader and other members, as well as focusing on managing your environment. After meetings, the Leader will go through a PowerStart session with you. These are GREAT and really let you walk away with something you can do right then to set yourself up for success!

4.) Activity Points Goal

Before, the idea behind activity was to “move more”. There was no target besides getting up to 28 PP over time (4 PP per day), but the new weekly PointsPlus target has been set at 14, which is about 2 a day. If that is too much for you, it is certainly flexible, but 14 is a good place to start.

5.) Switch between tracking and Simply Filling by the day

Besides the well-known tracking method, Weight Watchers has a method for people who don’t like to track called Simply Filling. The idea behind it is that you focus on eating Power Foods and eating until you are satisfied. You still get your weekly PP allowance, but you don’t have to track anything that is a Power Food.

Previously, you could only do Simply Filling/Tracking for a week at a time if you wanted to move back and forth. With PointsPlus 2012, you can do it by the day. So, if you have a party you’re going to and you don’t want to track, you can only eat Power Foods and not worry about tracking!

6.) Free E-Tools for Lifetime Members

This is AWESOME. Before, Lifetime members had to pay for E-Tools, which are the online tools for tracking your food, activity, and creating recipes, but for Lifetime members who stay current with their weigh ins, you get them for FREE. Woohoo!

So that is it! Nothing major, just a few things to make the program more flexible for the members. As you know, I am a HUGE fan of Weight Watchers, and I feel that these changes are great additions to the program. I think they will only help with member success, which is Weight Watchers #1 company value (for real).

Menu/Workout Plan and Weekly Goals

Good morning! I hope you had a great weekend… I know I did! It was pretty low key, but was just what I needed. I managed to make it out both Saturday and Sunday for a super hilly 4.5 mile run outside (the same route both days) and I was really proud of myself for being active both days. It feels like it’s been a while since I’ve done that!

Yesterday I spent a little time doing meal planning for the week and then headed to Trader Joe’s for shopping. I made this incredible Chickpea + Date Tagine last week from Vegetarian Times Magazine and it was SO delicious that I was dying to make it again. Since Trader Joe’s didn’t have dates, I ended up swinging by Whole Foods to get some – that’s how good it is! I’ll be posting the recipe later this week, so stay tuned.

I also broke out the slow cooker this morning for the first time in ages and currently have Sweet Potato and Red Bean Stew cooking in there and I cannot WAIT for dinner. I can’t tell if it’s funny or sad how excited food makes me… but assuming it turns out as great as I hope it does, I’ll be sharing that recipe as well.

Here’s the meal plan for the week:

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Monday Pumpkin Oats w/Cottage Cheese Leftover Chickpea + Date Tagine (recipe coming) Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Red Bean Stew
Tuesday Greek Yogurt w/Berries + Cereal Sweet Potato + Red Bean Stew Tofu w/Delicata Squash and Zucchini
Wednesday Pumpkin Oats w/Cottage Cheese Leftover tofu + veggies over greens Chickpea + Date Tagine over spinach
Thursday English muffin w/pb + banana Chickpea + Date Tagine over spinach Sweet potato stew
Friday Pumpkin Oats w/Cottage Cheese Sweet Potato Stew w/salad TBD

 

As you can see above, I basically made it so that I am only cooking one night this week (tofu tomorrow night), and will be working off the slow cooker stew and leftovers from last night’s Chickpea + Date Tagine all week. Hopefully I won’t get sick of any of it, but judging by how good the stew was smelling this morning and how delicious I know last night’s dinner was, I don’t think I will! This will also free up my evenings so I can take it easy this week, which is important because this will be the last week for a while that I don’t have a lot going on during the week nights.

Workout Plans:

    • Sunday: 4.5 mile outdoor run (Check!)
    • Monday: Club Strength + Cardio Kickboxing
    • Tuesday: Rest
    • Wednesday: Body Pump?
    • Thursday: Spinning
    • Friday: Outdoor run

This will be my fourth week in a row going to tonight’s Club Strength class and I am really proud of myself for being so consistent with it! I normally really struggle with strength training but now that I’ve found a class and instructor I really like, it makes it a LOT easier to stick with. Ideally I’d like to be strength training at least twice a week, but once is way better than zero. AND, I am hoping to make it to my first ever Body Pump class Wednesday morning – let’s hope I can get in/wake up in time to go!

Weekly Goals:

I mentioned during December’s Goal Post that I’m going to be setting weekly goals this month because I really need to make progress on my weight and know that setting smaller goals will help feed into the larger one of getting back to my goal weight. Monthly goals are usually good enough for me, but since I’ve been struggling lately I need to set weekly ones as well. My plan is to check back in on the goals on Friday to make sure that I’m sticking with it!

Here goes:

    1. Stick to 26-29 PointsPlus per day Monday through Friday. PointsPlus 2012 launches this week, and the new daily minimum is 26 pts+/day. I still get 29, but would be comfortable with 26 if I feel satisfied.
    2. Limit drinking to 1-2 glasses of wine per night (at most) Monday through Friday. This one shouldn’t be too difficult since I don’t have any happy hours/holiday parties going on this week! Can’t say the same about the rest of the month…
    3. Take only 2 days off from working out Monday-Friday. Last week, I only worked out Monday and then not again until the weekend, and 4 days off in a row is too many for me.
    4. Get at least one morning workout in this week. It’s been far too long since I’ve done that…
    5. Drink at least 64 oz. of water while at my desk each day this week. Need to get back on that, especially now that my skin is so dry from the winter/cold!
    6. Be in bed by 11pm the latest each night Monday through Thursday. All bets are off for Friday. =)

So that’s it for today!

What’s one goal you want to focus on for this week?

PS: Happiest of Birthdays to my sister Wendy!!!

Take Two: Leading a Weight Watchers Meeting

The smile on my face while walking out of yesterday’s Weight Watchers meeting was a drastic change from the near tears I was in when I walked out of the first one I led last week!

IT WENT SO MUCH BETTER!!!

There were a lot of reasons why yesterday’s meeting was more successful than my first attempt.

To start, the topic of the week was something I was a lot more comfortable with – the flexibility of the PointsPlus program and how it’s easy to mold the program to fit your lifestyle. I really live and breathe Weight Watchers and do believe it’s a super flexible program that can fit into almost anyone’s lifestyle, so it felt a lot more natural for me to be presenting it.

On top of that, I had a really good opening and theme idea that I found online (there are TONS of resources for Weight Watcher Leaders for meeting ideas!) so I just felt really familiar and confident with the topic.

Outside of that, I was in a familiar space (the one where I attended meetings as a member and also am a receptionist for a meeting each week), which helped me a lot in feeling comfortable and moving around the room. Despite the fact that I had to arrive at 7am, I also was a lot more upbeat and enthusiastic; aka much more like myself than the awkward person I was last Monday during lunchtime.

The big things that I changed from last week were:

    1. I incorporated movement and tried to walk around the room so I was spreading my attention around and appearing more confident.
    2. I wore a watch so that I knew roughly how long had passed, which helped me to be less nervous about filling the time.
    3. I had a ton of great questions in store for when silences came up.
    4. I delved deeper into members responses by asking follow up questions rather than changing the subject.
    5. I asked follow-up questions to the group at large so that members started talking to and relating to each other.
    6. I was more confident and upbeat like my normal self, rather than reserved and quiet.
    7. I made a few jokes and laughed with the group, which made everyone more comfortable.
    8. I mostly avoided awkward topic transitions.

Don’t get me wrong – it was only my second time leading a meeting, so I still have a lot of room for improvement – but I felt like I did a really good job incorporating feedback from last week’s meeting into this one, and I also got additional feedback from yesterday’s meeting that I can incorporate into my meetings going forward.

I think the biggest difference between walking away from last week’s meeting compared to this week’s meeting is that I now feel confident that I will be a great leader one day. I am so excited to have the opportunity to pay forward everything that Weight Watchers has given me because it really has changed my life completely. And of course selfishly, I am also excited to continue to be involved with the program as it grows and evolves so that I hold myself accountable and continue to keep healthy living and weight loss top priorities in my life.

PS: Two blog readers were actually at the meeting!!!! Sooooo surreal. Hi guys!! =)

I Am Awkward

It’s true. But so is the word awkward. This family photo probably takes the cake though:

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Back to the point at hand… yesterday’s meeting did not go NEARLY as well as I was hoping.

To give a little back-story for newer readers, I’ve been working for Weight Watchers as a receptionist since March of this year. I’ve always wanted to be a Leader, but had to hit my goal weight and Lifetime before I could move forward with Leader training. I reached my goal weight in May 2011 and then became Lifetime on June 23, 2011.

After I hit Lifetime, I got the go-ahead to move forward with Leader training. I was assigned a Leader Coach, Sarah, and was sent to Basic Leader Skills in Chicago in October 2011. This was an intense three day training, and you can read about the experience here.

Yesterday marked the first time that I actually delivered a meeting, and it was rough.

I got REALLY awkward up front, and I think there were definitely a few things that contributed to it.

    1. It was not my meeting, so the members felt a little less comfortable with me than their normal leader, which in turn, made me uncomfortable.
    2. I was being observed by both my Leader Coach and my Territory Manager and they were taking notes on me the whole time, so that made me nervous.
    3. It was my first time giving a meeting, so that made me nervous.
    4. We were in a conference room, and I wasn’t familiar with the space at all.
    5. I was trying really hard to wait for people to talk (which is harder than it sounds!), so I came across as lower energy than I am naturally.
    6. I was hoping the members would talk more, so didn’t have enough questions in my arsenal for when I needed to dig deeper and encourage them to speak more.

That said, there were SOME positives of the meeting:

    1. As a Leader during At-Work meetings, you do both the weigh ins and deliver the meeting. I did a really good job with the weigh in portion since I’ve been doing that for so long and really came across as myself during it.
    2. I have pretty solid presentation skills, so I kept my voice up and did a good job listening and making eye contact with the members throughout the presentation.
    3. I had some good questions, and did a pretty good job with follow up questions some of the time, helping the members to have more to talk about.
    4. It came across that I really love Weight Watchers and know the program really well.
    5. I did a good job telling my story with Weight Watchers and my weight loss journey.
    6. My territory manager said “You are right where you should be” as feedback.

But, there were definitely a lot of negatives, as well:

    1. I was a lot more reserved than I am in normal situations, and this came across as being low-energy and not very enthusiastic. If you ever met me in person, it would surprise you to hear me described like that!
    2. I stayed in the SAME exact spot for the whole meeting, rather than moving around like I should have. This would have helped a lot with my energy/enthusiasm.
    3. I made a really awkward transition during the presentation from asking questions to giving awards for weight loss (it was literally out of nowhere and not smooth at all).
    4. I didn’t have a good sense of how long had passed, so was nervous that I was going over and then was shocked to see how little time had passed and got myself worked up over it.
    5. It was showing that I was pretty nervous during the presentation.
Overall, I think I’m probably being a little harder on myself than I should be. I am just ready to be a really good leader, and I’m not there yet and still have a lot of room for growth. This is probably to be expected as it was my first meeting ever, but still – I feel like I should be good at this naturally!

So, what happens next?

I am delivering another meeting next Tuesday morning, and I have to work on all the improvements and incorporate the feedback I got from this go-round. My territory manager will not be observing again, and I’m much more familiar with the space than I was with yesterday’s meeting, so I am hopeful that it will go a lot better! Depending on how the next one goes, I’ll either lead another meeting and be observed again, or else they’ll have me move forward with my own meetings.

And to be honest, I’m not really in that much of a rush. I want to be GOOD before they give me my own meeting, so I’m trying not to be so hard on myself and trying to take it slow. I have enough else going on this week, so I don’t want this to become a source of stress! Which, coincidentally enough, was actually the topping of this week’s meeting – Holiday Stress.

Loving Lately

After yesterday’s downer of a post, I thought it would be fun to do something a little bit more upbeat today and share some things I’ve been loving lately!

1.) The PointsPlus Cookbook

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I bought this cookbook last week at my Weight Watchers meeting, and I can’t get over how great the recipes are! (You can also buy it on Amazon here if you are interested.) I wasn’t sure what the recipes would be like, but most of them are largely made with whole foods, are simple to follow, and sound delicious! A few of the ones I’m planning on making are:

    • Spicy Chickpea Lettuce Wraps
    • Grilled Shrimp Tostadas
    • Falafel Sandwiches with Lemon Yogurt
    • Pear and Fig Crostata with Gorgonzola
    • Frozen Banana Dulce De Leche Pie

The only ingredient that some of the recipes use that I’m a little wary of is fat-free half and half, but that is only in a few, and most of the recipes seem to use wholesome ingredients and the recipes sound awesome! I’m so excited to try them and will keep you guys posted when I do.

2.) Boots!

I have had a LOT of luck lately finding boots that fit over my ginormous calves. I got both a black pair and a tan pair, one from DSW that are actually Aerosoles but are adorable (and were just $65!) and the other from Old Navy that were on clearance for $18! SCORE!

3.) Lost

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I’ve mentioned this before, but I am waaay behind on the phenomenon that is Lost. I started watching it from the beginning on Netflix just a few months ago for the first time ever, and am on episode 67 of the 100, exactly 2/3 through! It’s so addicting, and I cannot WAIT to hear/see how it ends!

4.) The Hunger Games

I think I told you guys that I read/was in the process of reading the trilogy, and finally finished the third book when I was in California last week. And, like everyone and their mother, I absolutely LOVED the series. The first book, The Hunger Games, flew by so quickly, that I could not wait to start the second one – Catching Fire. I really loved the second one, but it was a tiny bit slower moving than the first in my opinion. The third book, Mockingjay, took me a little longer to get into, but I think that was largely because I started it around the same time that I discovered Lost on Netflix – and they were both competing for my attention. Once I got to a certain point in the third book though, I could not put it down.

And then, yesterday the trailer came out for the movie, which will be in March 2012 – I cannot WAIT. In case you missed it…

 

5.) My impending iPhone 4s purchase

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My plan is to get the iPhone 4s in White – the 16gig. This one costs $199 with a two-year agreement on Verizon, and I also will get a $30 credit since tomorrow is when I’m eligible for my new-every-two, which I’m grandfathered in for since I’ve been with Verizon for so long. I’ve heard they don’t offer the phone credit anymore, but $200 doesn’t seem TOO bad for a phone, ipod, camera, and personal assistant, all in one!

6.) Pay Day

I am also LOVING the fact that today is pay day. Enough said!

What’s something you are loving right now?

Time to Regroup

One of the key takeaways from BLS was that we are all members first, then employees. No matter how far we’ve come or how far we have to go, it will always take hard work and dedication to stay on track. It does get a bit easier over time, but it also gets easier to think that I know what I’m doing and don’t have to pay attention to what I’m eating.

That is not the case.

After getting back from BLS, I took a cab to my apartment, threw on a dress, and immediately went out to catch the end of one of my best friends’ engagement parties. I stayed out too late celebrating, then slept too late on Sunday and had to unpack upon waking up and head out the door for another Weight Watchers commitment where we met as a whole territory. I feel like I’ve barely had a second to breathe lately!

While I was sitting in the meeting listening to the exciting things we’ve done in the area over the last year and what we have to look forward to for the next year – it dawned on me. I’ve been so caught up in being a Weight Watchers employee and haven’t been focusing on myself as a member. I had stepped on the scale before the meeting and after the whirlwind of the last few weeks and saw a number I was not happy with, and quite frankly isn’t acceptable since I now work for Weight Watchers.

It’s time to stop that.

I decided to make a stop at Trader Joe’s on my way home from the meeting, invest some time menu planning and cook for the week for the first time in a while. It felt really good to refocus and spend an hour getting some food ready for the week so I can stay on track/get back to my goal weight even though I do have another busy week ahead.

In terms of prep, I cooked a huge spaghetti squash (1 hr at 400 degrees), made 3 servings of steel cut oats, and defrosted half a batch of those amazing black beans that was leftover from the last time I made them. Here’s what I came up with for a meal plan:

Breakfast Lunch Snack Dinner
Monday Pumpkin Oatmeal with cottage cheese and sliced banana Spaghetti Squash, Kale, Feta, Poached Egg (Recipe coming!) Greek Yogurt w/Apple Brown Rice bowl w/black beans, cheese, tomatoes, salsa, tortilla chips
Tuesday English Muffin w/Sunbutter + banana Black Bean Taco Salad (Spinach, bbs, corn, salsa, chips, cheese) Cottage Cheese w/defrosted berries Reader Get Together at Sweet Green
Wednesday Pumpkin Oatmeal with cottage cheese, banana Black Bean Taco Salad (Spinach, bbs, corn, salsa, chips, cheese) Greek yogurt, defrosted berries, vanilla Spaghetti Squash with garlic, evoo, egg, parmesan
Thursday Pumpkin Oatmeal with cottage cheese, banana Leftover Spaghetti Squash with garlic, evoo, egg, parmesan Greek yogurt, Veggie Fried Rice w/tofu
Friday Toasted Waffles w/Sunbutter + banana Leftover veggie fried rice w/tofu Cottage Cheese w/defrosted berries Dinner at Jaleo with Jen and Alexa

It feels so good to have a meal plan for the first time in AGES. I used to post them every Monday along with groceries, and while I don’t want to get back into the habit of doing that every week, I think I need to start doing it semi-regularly for my sake!

And while I was at it, I’ve also been slacking a bit in the workout department. Here’s my plan on that front for this week:

    • Monday: 45 min Total Body Conditioning class, 15 min stairmaster
    • Tuesday: 45 min Spin Class
    • Wednesday: rest
    • Thursday: Outdoor Run (~ 4 miles)
    • Friday: Weights + Cardio – tbd

Mini goals for this week include:

    • Drink at least 64 oz of water at work every day this week (check for yesterday!)
    • Bring breakfast/lunch to work every day
    • Stick to 29 pts+/day all week
    • Workout 4x
    • Try to get at least 7 hours of sleep each night

What is one thing you want to or need to focus on this week?

PS: Tonight is the reader get together at 6pm at Sweet Green in Dupont. I hope to see you there if you’re local!!

BLS Breakdown

If I had to pick just one word to describe BLS, it would be incredible. While intense, surreal, exhausting, emotional, humbling, and inspiring would work too, none of them quite capture the essence of the experience that was BLS.

For a little background, BLS stands for Basic Leadership Skills, and it’s basically an intensive three-day training course that prepares you to be a Leader for Weight Watchers. Being a WW Leader has been a long term goal of mine, and I’ve been working as Receptionist for them since March of this year with this goal in mind.

I’ve been go-go-going for so many months, that I didn’t really take any time to consider what it meant that I was going to BLS until I was actually on the plane to Chicago. Granted, I passed out for almost the entire flight (I’m a really gifted plane sleeper), but as I was boarding the plane, it hit me.

I was on my way to a course where I would learn to lead and inspire others to change their lives, like Weight Watchers had done for me.

It also made me realize that I am really a real-life Weight Watchers success story, and even though it’s been a little while since I’ve changed my life, it’s still hard to get my head around that fact. I’m one of the ones who made it through WW, stronger, thinner, and a million times happier on the other side of the program.

When I actually got to the hotel and into the training room, I realized that my story wasn’t so unique in that group. There were about 25 of us all there for the same reason, everyone having used WW as a tool to change their lives and hoping to be able to pay it forward to others. People had lost between 20-something and 120 (!) pounds, and while I was definitely one of the (if not the) youngest people there, I felt like I fit right in.

Though it had been a while since I’d been in a classroom setting, the three days FLEW by. We went through the history of Weight Watchers, and it’s pretty incredible to think how it started in someone’s living room based on where it is today.

The rest of the three days were used to break down the different components of a WW meeting and practicing the different portions of the meeting in front of the group. The final test was to prepare for and present a full meeting in front of other Leader-hopefuls and the trainers who were leading the training.

We got feedback at every stage of the way, and I was honestly surprised at how terrible I was at the beginning. I love talking in front of people, and really do live and breath Weight Watchers (most of the time) so I didn’t think I’d have any trouble transferring that into leading a meeting. But, during my first presentation, I had my hands glued to my thighs and was standing there frozen!

Luckily, during the course of the three days, I improved quite a bit and got a lot more comfortable presenting in front of the group. I ended up doing well on my final presentation and am excited to report that Weight Watchers will be moving me forward in the process to become a leader! It’s really happening!!

Back At It

Whew. I am SO glad that is over with! I have been putting off going back to weigh in at Weight Watchers because I knew I was up a few pounds and haven’t really been counting points in ages. But today, I sucked it up and went and I am so happy I did. I’m not thrilled with the weight itself, because I gained 3 pounds since the last time I was there, I’m just happy that I went and can start fresh. So, officially now, I have 9 pounds to lose to get to my goal weight, which is very do-able if I just make a few tweaks to my diet and keep up with exercising frequently.

The way that I generally do WW which has worked for me in the past, is I pick one “free” night where I don’t really count points, and then just assume I’ve used all of my weekly points. Then I try to stay at my daily target every other day or else use Activity Points that I’ve earned if I need extra points. My free night is actually going to be tonight since I have the happy hour, and that should give me plenty of time to make up for any set back I have tonight so that I have a good weigh in next Thursday.

So, here is my plan:

  1. Back to Weekly Meetings – Every Thursday at 12pm because it’s over lunch and works well with my schedule. There is a Wednesday 12pm meeting as well in case I have a conflict on Thursdays.
  2. Keep up with the Water – Though WW calls for 6 cups a day, my body is happier when I have 8+ cups a day. This was one of my June Goals which helped me get back into drinking a lot of water, so the plan is to just keep up with my water consumption.
  3. Exercise Consistently – My goal is to work out 4-5x a week, with 1-2 days of running, 1-2 days of Bikram, biking, and some strength training.
  4. Count WW Points – Another one of my June Goals which I have been relatively consistent about, but I plan to try to count as much as possible until I am at my goal weight. This will be a little bit of a challenge because when I first started WW and was good about counting points, I was eating a LOT of processed foods, which are easier to count points of because the nutritional info is right on the package. Now that I largely eat whole and unprocessed foods, it will be a bit more of a challenge to count points, but I will try my best and estimate when necessary.
  5. Keep a Mostly Whole Foods Diet – Going along with the last bullet, I don’t want to revert back to a lot of processed foods like I was eating when I first started WW, so I want to keep eating a lot of the same things, just a little less of it, and treats in moderation.

So that’s it! Seems very simple and straight forward, but as everyone who has ever struggled with their weight knows, its a lot easier to say than to do. Please stay tuned and check in with me and make sure I’m sticking with it so that I can get to my goal weight and look and feel my best for my best friend’s wedding!  On the bridesmaid dress note, I ordered a size 10 which is a bit too snug, and my friend Jess got a 12 which is a bit too big, so we’re actually going to do a test tomorrow and possibly switch dresses. While I still want to fit in the 10 by the wedding, I do not think I need the pressure of the dress possibly NOT fitting, so I’m hoping the switch works out.

Onwards!

Lunch today was a treat to myself for going back to WW. I went to the Juice Joint, my favorite quick spot for a healthy lunch in DC. I got a small side salad to go (no dressing)

Which had organic greens, tomatoes, carrots, and cucumbers (0 pts).

I also got my favorite sandwich from there, the Fresh Mozzarella & Roasted Veggie Sandwich. It has roasted zucchini, squash, red peppers, sprouts, tomato, basil, and fresh mozzarella on multigrain bread. It comes with balsamic vinaigrette dressing, too, but in an effort to be a little light, I asked for it without the dressing. Check out how packed with deliciousness this sandwich is!

And you know what? I didn’t even miss the balsamic! I probably will order this sandwich just like this going forward, even after I’m at goal. The veggies and cheese add so much flavor that you don’t even need it. I’m counting this sandwich as 7 points (just a guess), by breaking down the bread as 4 points and the mozz as 3. I’m guessing that’s a little high because there wasn’t much mozz and the bread was pretty thin, but the veggies may have been cooked in a little EVOO so 7 sounds safe. That means 11 total for today with breakfast, which is not bad at all.

Have you struggled with your weight before? What are the key changes you made to your diet/exercise routine that have helped you along the way? For me, drinking a lot of water, eating tons of fruits and veggies, and exercising at all (because I didn’t used to!) were the biggest changes that helped me to lose most of my weight.

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